A man charged with the murder of Whitby woman Julie Davison has today pleaded not guilty.
James Allen appeared at Newcastle Crown Court where he entered not guilty pleas to two counts of murder.
The second charge was in relation to the death of 81-year-old Colin Dunford from Middlesbrough.
Followng the incident a police hunt came to Scarborough when, Allen, 36, of Middlesbrough stayed in the Allerton Croft Hotel, in Scarborough’s West Square, just hours after Ms Davison’s death.
He was also allegedly spotted in The Lord Rosebery pub, in Westborough, on the same day, and captured on CCTV in shops in the town.
Police scoured the hotel and the town’s railway station before it was revealed Allen, originally from Blackpool, had travelled to Leeds.
He was arrested in the city after being spotted by an off-duty police officer.
Ms Davison, 50, and Mr Dunford, were found dead at their homes in April having suffered head injuries.
Allen’s trial, expected to last four weeks, has been set for Monday, October 29 at Newcastle Crown Court.