THE man accused of murdering gangland killer Carl Williams has the defence of “defensive homicide” open to him when he fights the charge, a court has heard today.
During a committal mention for the 36-year-old accused killer at Geelong Magistrates Court, his lawyer, Christopher Traill, applied for permission to cross-examine certain witnesses during any future committal hearing.
There are more than 90 witnesses on the police brief of evidence, including many prison officers and friends and visitors of Williams.
Magistrate Ron Saines asked Mr Traill what the defendant’s likely defence might be.
Mr Trail replied defensive homicide was open as a defence in this case.
“It is clearly, in my submission, something that arises from the evidence on the brief,” Mr Traill said.
The case has been booked in for a committal hearing on Novbember 29.
The court was told the hearing could last for up to 10 days due to the number of prison officers, police and people connected to Williams that the defence would like to cross examine.
Williams, the man who triggered Melbourne’s bloody underworld drug wars, was brutally bashed to death with part of a prison exercise bike in April.