Double-murder hearing

A PAIR of Tweed men are facing double murder charges in a Brisbane court this week after fresh DNA evidence reopened a cold case.

Andrew William O'Grady, 42, of Murwillumbah, and Allan Richard Carnell, 44, of Tumbulgum, are accused of the 1999 stabbing murder of Springbrook couple Anne- Marie Kropp and Christopher Nancarrow at their Springbrook Road home.

Their committal hearing, which began last year and is ongoing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this week, will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed with a criminal trial against the two men.

At the hearing, Magistrate Leanne O'Shea has reportedly been told by witness Rhett Coulton that he saw O'Grady at Mr Nancarrow's and Ms Kropp's residence on an afternoon in 1998.

O'Grady reportedly arrived at the couple's house after they had an argument and was seen searching the house while performing karate-style moves with his arms and legs.

Mr Coulton said he was sure O'Grady was the karate man, despite more than 10 years passing since the karate-man incident.

Carnell was charged with two counts of murder on October 21, 2007 and O'Grady was charged about four months later on February 13 last year.

The murders were allegedly committed on January 29 and February 2 in 1999.

Fresh DNA evidence, reportedly found on a beanie, led to O'Grady's arrest for the murders last year.

The committal hearing heard last year DNA that linked Carnell to the murders sat forgotten for two years at police laboratories before fin- ally being tested.

The committal hearing is continuing this week.

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