A MAN has denied two counts of murder after two men were found shot dead in a Range Rover in Brierley Hill.

Will Henry and Brian McIntosh were found slumped in the 4x4 at the back of industrial units near a disused railway line off Moor Street on September 30.

Detectives later separately arrested Jonathan Houseman and Richard Avery, and both were subsequently charged in connection with the fatal shootings.

Both men appeared by video-link separately at Birmingham Crown Court today (Friday November 27) to enter pleas.

Houseman, aged 32, pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder.

Avery, aged 33, denied a charge of perverting the course of justice, in that he is alleged to have disposed of or helped Houseman get rid of "clothing or other items".

Avery was not asked to enter pleas to two counts of conspiracy to murder.

A further pre-trial hearing is set to take place on March 2 next year, and both men were remanded back into custody until that date.

Houseman, formerly of Quarry Park Road, Stourbridge, and Avery, of no fixed address, are due to stand trial at the crown court before a High Court judge on June 9, 2021.

The trial is expected to take up to four weeks,

Mr Henry, aged 31, and Mr McIntosh, aged 29, both from Bartley Green, Birmingham, were found with fatal gunshot wounds at around 3.30pm. Detectives believe both men were shot at around 1pm.

Mr Henry was reportedly the brother of West End actor Matt Henry.