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Pair plead not guilty over NSW murder

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016 Andrew Leeson

A man and a woman have pleaded not guilty to being involved in the stabbing murder of a man in 2014 on the NSW mid-north coast.

Trudy Sheiles, 40, is accused of fatally stabbing 43-year-old Raymond Lynch in the chest on a property at King Creek, near Wauchope, in November 2014.

Police will allege that after being stabbed Mr Lynch fled in his car and was found by a passing motorist on the Oxley Highway.

He died on the way to hospital.

Sheiles, who is accused of murder, appeared via video link in the NSW Supreme Court alongside Ryan James Smith, 32, who appeared in person and is accused of harbouring and maintaining Sheiles after the murder.

Both pled not guilty to their separate charges.

Sheiles entered a plea of manslaughter with her lawyer claiming several factors led to the stabbing, including substantial impairment and self defence.

The crown prosecutor did not accept the lesser plea.

Justice Peter Johnson scheduled the four week trial to begin on June 26 at Port Macquarie.

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