Lawyers in negotiation over possible guilty plea for alleged murderer, Kerry Kourpanidis

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Prosecutors and defence lawyers are in negotiations over whether alleged Kingston Hotel murderer, Kerry Kourpanidis, might admit to bashing drunken tradie Warren Hordpenko to death, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Mr Kourpanidis, 35, has pleaded not guilty to murder, and appeared briefly by phone in the ACT Magistrates Court from the Alexander Maconochie Centre on Monday.

READ MORE: Kerry Kourpanidis charged with murder of man at Canberra pub.

A barrister, who previously represented him, has told the court that police should have charged him with manslaughter rather than murder, and his current lawyers have said prosecutors will struggle to make out the murder charge.

Mr Kourpanidis’ barrister Paul Mansfield, on Monday said he and Crown Prosecutor Patrick Dixon had been writing to each other recently and “that process has not yet ended.”

Mr Kourpanidis has been behind bars since his arrest in July last year, in the days following the death of Mr Hordpenko in the pool room at the popular pub.

FULL STORY: The Daily Telegraph.

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