Callum Wheeler appears in court over Julia James murder

Callum Wheeler, 21, of Aylesham, appeared in person before Medway Magistrates’ Court on charges of the murder of PCSO Julia James.

Wheeler, charged with the murder of PCSO Julia James, was remanded to appear before Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday, May 13th.

It comes when Assistant Police Chief Tom Richards said it has been an “enormous challenge” since PCSO Julia James passed away.

He told reporters, “As many of you know, just after 10 p.m. yesterday, detectives charged a gentleman, Callum Wheeler, a 21-year-old man who lives in Aylesham, with the murder of Julia.

“Today we continue to appeal to witnesses. I am confident that there were people in the area we would like to speak to at the time.”

Ms. James, 53, was found dead on April 27 at Akholt Wood, near her home in Snowdown, Kent.

Callum Wheeler, from Aylesham, was arrested on Friday and charged on Monday.

The 21-year-old is due to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday via video link.

Ms. James, described by her family as “extremely loyal”, died of serious head injuries while walking her dog.

Large numbers of police officers from various armed forces were in Aylesham on Monday as the investigation into her death continued.

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