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Guilty plea to Houston murder
Murder victim David Houston. Picture: Supplied.

A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the murder of David Houston, whose body was found in a bush grave south of Perth in June.

Amanda Jane Kelly, 19, who has also been charged with Mr Houston’s murder, sobbed as her boyfriend Jonathan Robert Lee pleaded guilty in the Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court this morning.

A third man, 26-year-old Sam Jacob Walker, a former friend of Mr Houston, has also been charged with murder over his death.

Ms Kelly, who appeared in court this morning via video link from Bandyup Women’s Prison, and Mr Walker, who appeared via video link from Hakea Prison, were not required to plead to the charges.

Mr Houston was last seen at his Hilton home on May 11 after being dropped off by a taxi at about 6.50pm. He left the house later that night.

Police later confirmed a body exhumed from a makeshift grave near the coastal town of Binningup, 130km south of Perth, on June 2 was that of Mr Houston.

Lee is next expected to face court on December 5 and pre-sentence, psychological and psychiatric reports were ordered by the court ahead of his sentencing for Mr Houston’s murder.

Ms Kelly and Mr Walker were both remanded in custody to reappear in court on October 31. 

The West Australian

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