Businessman in court over shooting of Devizes solicitor

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A businessman is to appear in court today in connection with the shooting of  solicitor Jim Ward, who later died from his injuries.

 

Mr Ward, 58, was left fighting for his life after a man walked into his office and shot him while he worked at his desk in Devizes, on July 2.

The married father-of-three, from Bratton, near Westbury, was taken to hospital where he died on July 22.

 

Michael Chudley, 62, originally from Rowde, Wiltshire, is to appear at Winchester Crown Court in connection with the shooting.

He has been charged with attempted murder but Wiltshire Police have indicated this charge may change following Mr Ward's death.

 

Chudley is also charged with making threats to kill Daphne Courtney, possession of a sawn-off shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence to Daphne Courtney, and carrying a firearm with criminal intent to commit an indictable offence, namely murder.

Mr Ward was the principal solicitor at the Morris, Goddard & Ward legal firm in St John's Street, Devizes.

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