The two men charged with the gruesome murder of a father in a shocking alleged “love triangle” blast of violence will have their fates decided by a jury after pleading not guilty to the allegations against them.
The police have charged Jamie Mark Carter, 43, and Michael Craig Stanley, 44, with the shooting death of Glenn Michael Holton, 41, in the Adelaide suburb of Edwardstown on December 11, 2022.
But the two men, appearing together before chief magistrate Mary-Louise Hribal at Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday, denied any role in the brutal alleged killing.
The police allege Mr Stanley shot a .22 calibre bullet into Mr Holton’s chest, with Mr Holton and Mr Stanley both allegedly romantically linked to the same woman.
At the time of Mr Holton’s death, Mr Stanley, Mr Carter and the woman were all living together at a separate address in the city.
Mr Holton was the woman’s former partner. She is not accused of any wrongdoing.
Ms Hribal committed the case to the South Australian Supreme Court for arraignment and trial beginning April 22.
Both men are on remand and appeared before the court via videolink.
At an earlier hearing in December last year, defence lawyer Sean Nottle, appearing for Mr Stanley and Mr Carter before magistrate Brian Nitschke, said the men would not enter their pleas until a viewing of crucial CCTV footage was arranged.
“Both parties have yet to view the CCTV footage relevant to the matter,” he said at the time.
“I’ve been in discussion with the detectives from Major Crimes. There is going to be a viewing next week.
“We are just not in a position to answer the charges formally until we have been able to see that footage.”
The police allege Mr Stanley shot Mr Holton once in the chest and then fled the scene.
Emergency services raced to the alleged shooting on Dunorlan Rd and took Mr Holton to Flinders Medical Centre, where a .22 calibre bullet was removed from his chest.
At an earlier appearance at Port Adelaide Magistrates Court, the police said Mr Stanley denied owning a rifle, but the woman told them that Mr Stanley had a .22 calibre rifle wrapped in plastic and cloth at their address.
“With respect to the relationship between the victim, (the woman) and the accused (Mr Stanley), (she) had been continuing to see the victim leading up to this incident and was actually with him on the 11th of December,” the police told the court.
“There’s evidence which establishes the accused did not like the victim hanging around.”