Murder charge for Kerry Kourpanidis could be downgraded

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Alleged Kingston Hotel murderer, Kerry Kourpanidis, will soon learn whether prosecutors will push on with a murder charge over the bashing death of tradie, Warren Hordpenko.

Mr Kourpanidis, 35, briefly faced the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday, where he has previously pleaded not guilty to Mr Hordpenko’s murder.

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

The court heard Mr Kourpanidis’ legal team had written to prosecutors since the case was last in court and that prosecutors will respond this month.

The courts have repeatedly heard Mr Kourpanidis’ lawyers have been locked in negotiations with prosecutors about whether they might accept a guilty plea to a lesser charge of manslaughter.

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

Ever since Mr Kourpanidis first appeared in court, his lawyers have argued that manslaughter, rather than murder, was a more appropriate charge for prosecutors to lay.

FULL STORY: The Daily Telegraph.

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