Murder Uncovered's Carl Williams report delayed by Stephen Asling's gangland murder trial


Murder Uncovered's Carl Williams report delayed by Stephen Asling's gangland murder trial
  1. Murder Uncovered's Carl Williams report delayed by Stephen Asling's gangland murder trial
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    Channel Seven delayed broadcasting a program about Carl and Roberta Williams after a Supreme Court judge asked the network to wait, over concerns the story might influence jurors in an underworld murder…
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Channel Seven delayed broadcasting a program about Carl and Roberta Williams after a Supreme Court judge asked the network to wait, over concerns the story might influence jurors in an underworld murder trial.

Justice Stephen Kaye last month asked Channel Seven not to broadcast Murder Uncovered in Victoria, out of concern the program might prejudice jurors involved in the murder trial for the man charged with murdering Graham "The Munster" Kinniburgh.

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The late-Carl Williams arriving at a gangland murder in Carlton, with his then-wife Roberta Williams, in 2004. The late-Carl Williams arriving at a gangland murder in Carlton, with his then-wife Roberta Williams, in 2004. Photo: Angela Wylie

Justice Kaye told a lawyer for the network last month he was concerned that if Seven televised the program on its intended date – February 22 – it could have prejudiced the trial for Stephen Asling, the man charged with murdering Kinniburgh, and possibly led to the jury being discharged. The trial began in mid-February.

Asling was on Saturday found guilty of murdering Kinniburgh in 2003.

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In discussions on February 17, Channel Seven's lawyer told Justice Kaye a script for Murder Uncovered did not mention Kinniburgh, Asling or any of the key witnesses whose names were suppressed during the trial.

But Justice Kaye asked the network not to broadcast the program until after the trial, out of caution. Prosecutors and Asling's defence team also wanted the network to wait.

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Channel Seven later informed the court it would not televise the program in Victoria until after Asling's case was resolved.

The guilty verdict against Asling means Seven will now broadcast Murder Uncovered as a "special report" next Monday night.

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