Man charged with murder of Lyra McKee

A 52-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a journalist who was shot dead while standing beside a police vehicle.

Feb 12, 2020
By Tony Thompson
Lyra McKee

Lyra McKee was killed while observing unrest in Londonderry on April 18 last year.

The man was one of four detained under the Terrorism Act in Londonderry yesterday (February 11) and later questioned in Belfast.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) statement said: “Detectives from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team have charged a 52-year-old man with the murder of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot dead by terrorists in Derry/Londonderry on April 18, 2019.

“The man, from the city who was arrested by detectives yesterday and taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite, is also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and professing to be a member of a proscribed organisation. He will appear at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, February 13.”

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: “I have always said a number of individuals were involved with the gunman on the night Lyra was killed, and while today is significant for the investigation the quest for the evidence to bring the gunman to justice remains active and ongoing.”

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