New campers murder trial to begin after jury discharged

A new trial will begin next week for a pilot accused of the double murder of campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay, after the first jury was discharged minutes before openings.

Greg Lynn, 57, pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and a jury was empanelled in Melbourne's Supreme Court on Thursday.

He is accused of killing Mr Hill, 74, and Ms Clay, 73, at a campsite in the Wonnangatta Valley in March 2020.

Melanie Lynn (right), wife of Greg Lynn, leaves the Supreme Court
Lynn's wife Melanie and one of his sons attended court and waved at him from the public gallery. (Joel Carrett/AAP PHOTOS)

Lawyers from both sides were due to open their cases on Friday morning.

However, Justice Michael Croucher informed the 12 jurors and two substitutes that an issue had arisen which meant they would have to be discharged.

"It's unfortunate you're only going to be here for a short time," he told the jury.

"It's my melancholy duty to explain to you that you have now been discharged as a jury.

"I'm not going on to go into the details now, I don't want to embarrass anyone ... it's just technical reasons."

Carol Clay (left) and Russell Hill
Carol Clay and Russell Hill were allegedly murdered while camping in Victoria's Alpine region. (HANDOUT/VICTORIA POLICE)

He thanked them for putting their hands up for jury service and "being prepared to undertake this vital role in the criminal justice system", as he excused the jurors.

A new panel of jurors will be selected on Monday, with trial openings expected to begin on Tuesday morning.

Lynn's wife Melanie and one of his sons attended court on Friday and waved at him from the public gallery.

Family of Ms Clay and Mr Hill were also in court.

The trial is expected to last for between four and six weeks.