52 year-old Paul McIntyre, from Derry, has been charged with the murder of Lyra McKee in Londonderry, where he appeared in Londonderry Magistrates Court on Thursday.
He was also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and for being a member of a proscribed organisation. The new IRA admitted to the murder of McKee.
Lyra McKee, 29, was standing next to a 4×4 Police vehicle watching the riots as they unfolded on 18th April 2019, on Derry’s Creggan Estate, when a masked gunman opened fire on police officers and onlookers.
Supporters of McIntyre refused to leave the court entrance and required up to 40 police officers to remove them from the court precinct.
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