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Rowley Regis man in court accused of killing ex-partner

Kerry Smith
Kerry Smith was stabbed in Rowley Regis and pronounced dead in hospital

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his former partner, who was stabbed after leaving a shop.

David Palmer, 39, of Mincing Lane, Rowley Regis, West Midlands, was remanded in custody following a hearing at Warley Magistrates' Court.

Kerry Smith, 29, was stabbed on Sunday in High Street, Rowley Regis, and pronounced dead in hospital.

A preliminary hearing will take place at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Thursday.

Mr Palmer will not be required to attend that hearing in person.

He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address at Tuesday's hearing, which was attended by several friends and relatives of Ms Smith.

Ms Smith was stabbed shortly after leaving a shop and pronounced dead in hospital a short time later.

The victim, who lived locally, was formally identified by family members late on Monday afternoon and her relatives were being supported by specially trained officers.

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