David and Mark Short murders: Two deny charges

David and Mark Short
Image caption David Short (left) was killed after an explosion in August and his son Mark was shot dead in May

Two men have appeared in court to deny their parts in the deaths of a father and son in Greater Manchester.

Matthew James, 33, of Clayton, denied murdering Mark Short, 23, at Droylsden's Cotton Tree pub on 25 May.

Francis Dixon, 37, of Stalybridge, pleaded not guilty to the murder of David Short, 46, in a grenade attack in Clayton on 10 August.

They appeared at Liverpool Crown Court via video alongside seven other men who also denied involvement in the deaths.

Dale Cregan, 29, of no fixed abode; Luke Livesey, 27, of Hattersley; Damien Gorman, 37, of Glossop; Ryan Hadfield, 28, of Droylsden; and Leon Atkinson, 35, of Ashton-under-Lyne have previously denied the same charges.

Mr Dixon denied a further count of attempted murder and one of causing an explosion with a hand grenade, along with that of murdering 46-year-old David Short.

Mr Cregan and Anthony Wilkinson, 33, of Beswick, have previously pleaded not guilty to the same charges.

Mr James also pleaded not guilty to the attempted murders of three other men at the Cotton Tree pub.

Mr Cregan has also been charged with the murders of police officers Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, which he has denied.

Mohammed Imran Ali, 23, from Chadderton, Oldham, denied a charge of assisting an offender.

All 10 will face trial at Preston Crown Court on 4 February 2013.

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