New evidence could link serial killer Levi Bellfield to the hammer murders of a woman and her daughter, lawyers acting for a man convicted of the killings say.
Michael Stone is serving three life sentences for bludgeoning Lin Russell and her daughter Megan, six, to death near Chillenden, Kent, in 1996.
But Stone has always maintained his innocence and his legal team says they are set to present new evidence which points to serial killer Levi Bellfield, whose three murder victims included 13-year-old Milly Dowler.
The lawyers said: “There is now new and compelling evidence which proves that (Stone) was not responsible for these awful crimes.
“The evidence suggests that the person responsible is Levi Bellfield, the convicted murderer of three women including Milly Dowler.”
Stone’s barrister, Mark McDonald, said the evidence should be tested by the Court of Appeal and if proven to be true would uncover “the largest miscarriage of justice since the Birmingham Six”.
It is not the first time Bellfield has been accused of involvement in the Russell murders – Stone’s solicitor, Paul Bacon, claimed in 2011 that Milly’s killer was a better match for the e-fit of the suspect issued during the police manhunt.