Chris Dawson Charged With Murder, Will Plead Not Guilty
Chris Dawson has been charged with the alleged murder of his late wife Lynette.
Dawson appeared via video link at Central Local Court on Thursday where his solicitor indicated his defendant will enter a plea of not guilty.
"He'll be strenuously defending the allegation," Dawson's solicitor Greg Walsh told reporters.
An application for bail will be made next Friday, leaving the 70-year-old in custody until then.
Walsh said there was no rushing such a big case as this, having spent the night reading through a "huge amount of material" provided to him by Dawson's brother.
"I can only say this, that it's still in its infancy so far as my knowledge of the case," he said.
"I've never looked at the podcast, as everybody knows about, there's been an extraordinary amount of publicity, so there's a lot of material I've got to digest.
"One of the things that concerns me, is this man, Chris Dawson, is entitled to the presumption of innocence. He will plead not guilty, he strenuously asserts hi innocence, and he should be afforded that fundamental right."
Lynette Dawson was officially reported missing on February 18, 1982. She was 33-years-old when she allegedly disappeared, leaving behind two young children.
The case of Lyn's alleged disappearance has attracted international attention as subject of the popular podcast The Teacher's Pet.
Dawson was arrested by police on Wednesday in Biggera Waters, Queensland and was extradited to NSW via commercial flight on Thursday morning.
Walsh said his client was "anxious and stressed" about the situation, and seemed to be an otherwise reserved man.
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