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Joss Stone: 2 men on trial for plotting to rob, kill British singer

- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 19, 2013

LONDON (AP) — Prosecutors said Monday two men accused of plotting to rob and kill soul singer Joss Stone planned to decapitate her, then dump her body in a river.

The suspects, Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool, were arrested in June 2011, close to the singer's house after suspicious neighbors reported them to police. They never reached her house.

Opening the case at Exeter Crown Court, prosecutor Simon Morgan told a jury the pair, ages 32 and 35, set off from their home in Manchester for Miss Stone's house in Devon with a samurai sword, knives, a hammer, black bags and gloves. The men were allegedly part of a gang that hatched the plot, but other members could not be traced.

Mr. Morgan said that handwritten notes found in the suspects' car made reference to "decapitate," another read "Jocelyn RIP," and a further note said, "Once Jocelyn's dead ... find a river to dump her."

The motive for the plot was not clear, but Mr. Morgan said the men may have targeted Miss Stone for her money or because they disliked her links with the royal family.

The notes indicated that the pair disapproved of Miss Stone being invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding in 2011, he said.

The defendants deny all charges. The trial continues.

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