Man to go on trial accused of murder after body was found at his flat near Royal Armouries in Leeds

A man has pleaded not guilty to murder over the discovery of a body at his flat near to the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 4:45 pm

James Thomas Macken will go on trial at Leeds Crown Court on November 16 over the death of 32-year-old Daniel Jeffrey.

Mr Jeffrey was found dead at Macken's flat on Balmoral Place, Bowman Lane, on Monday April 13 this year.

Macken appeared before the court today (July 14) where he pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

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Daniel Jeffrey was found dead at a flat on Bowman Lane

The 53-year-old defendant appeared in court via a video link from HMP Leeds.

No application for bail was made and Macken will remain in custody until his trial.

A 53-year-old man was initially arrested on suspicion of selling drugs following the discovery of Mr Jeffrey's body and was later released on bail.

West Yorkshire Police were called to the flat by the ambulance service at about 3.45pm on April 13.

An investigation was launched as the death was treated as unexplained.