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Women face court over SA grandad's murder

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The case of two young women accused of murdering Adelaide grandfather Robert Whitwell has been adjourned as defence lawyers review the evidence filed by prosecutors.

Brittney Dwyer, 19, and her friend Bernadette Burns, 21, faced court in Adelaide on Friday charged with murdering the 81-year-old, who is the younger woman's grandfather.

Mr Whitwell's body was found inside his unlocked Craigmore home in Adelaide's north last August after neighbours spotted an uncollected newspaper in the driveway.

Dwyer has already pleaded guilty to the murder, while Burns is yet to answer the charge.

Burns' lawyer Anthony Allen told the Adelaide Magistrates Court he had received fresh declarations from the prosecutors this week but he still expected to receive more.

He asked for an adjournment to review these materials and said Burns would answer the charge next month.

Mr Allen also said he was considering making a special application to call civilian witnesses from Queensland to give evidence before the case is committed to a higher court.

Prosecutors previously said they had gathered evidence from Burns' phone but the device was later sent to federal police in the hope of recovering deleted messages.

Meanwhile another friend of Dwyer's, Shelby Holmes, is accused of watching Mr Whitwell's home in the lead-up to the murder with the intention of later robbing him of $30,000.

A Queensland court previously heard about 19,000 text messages, exchanged between Holmes and Dwyer over a two-year period, had been recovered.

Burns and Dwyer, both from Queensland, were remanded in custody and will return to court on February 17.

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