Man charged with murder of Derry journalist Lyra McKee

Supporters of Paul Mc Intyre outside the court today

Mr McIntryre's defence solicitor, Derwin Harvey, said his client faced allegations that he was seen "picking up casings" that had come from a gun after it was sacked by another male who Mr McIntyre was standing behind.

The man will appear at Derry Magistrates' Court this morning. There was some tension as supporters refused to move away from the entrance when instructed by police.

The Belfast writer was living in Derry with her partner, Sara Canning, who also arrived at court on Thursday morning.

The man accused of murdering Lyra McKee is alleged to have committed a joint enterprise with an unknown gunman by picking up the cases of the bullets used to kill her, a court heard.

Her family recently issued a formal complain to the police ombudsman in Northern Ireland over how the PSNI carried out a search operation in Derry before her killing.

Ms McKee's family and friends watched the hearing in the public gallery wearing t-shirts which said: "Speak out for Lyra".

"I have always said that a number of individuals were involved with the gunman on the night Lyra was killed", Police Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said.

Regarded by many as a rising star in Northern Ireland media circles, she had written for many publications, including Buzzfeed, Private Eye, the Atlantic and Mosaic Science.

Her funeral was attended by then British prime minister Theresa May, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

Her death was condemned at the time by both Irish Catholic nationalist and pro-British Protestant unionist politicians.

"It is very important that the murderers of Lyra McKee are brought to justice if this can be done, but we need to get the right people".

The New IRA, a small paramilitary group that opposes Northern Ireland's peace process, said its members shot McKee by accident while firing at police.

Powersharing was resurrected last month and the first same-sex marriage in the north took place this week.

A statement from Northern Irish police released Wednesday said: "The man, from the city who was arrested by detectives yesterday and taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite, is also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and professing to be a member of a proscribed organisation".

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