Man to stand trial over Vic mum's murder

A man will stand trial accused of murdering a woman who was found bleeding to death on a couch by her two young daughters in their Melbourne home.

Kylie Blackwood, 42, was found unresponsive with stab wounds by her 11-year-old twin daughters after an alleged violent murder-robbery at Pakenham in August 2013.

Scott Alan Murdoch, 40, was arrested nearly three years later after DNA found on the victim's jeans linked him to the killing.

He was ordered to stand trial for murder on Thursday, at the end of a four-day committal hearing in Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Murdoch allegedly entered Ms Blackwood's home while she was in her study looking at a cosmetics website before a confrontation broke out.

It ended with Ms Blackwood on the couch in the sunroom with multiple stab wounds to her neck and chest, prosecutors have told the court.

Her daughters discovered the horrifying scene after walking home from school because their mum failed to pick them up.

The girls raised the alarm with a neighbour and paramedics were called but found no signs of life in Ms Blackwood.

An investigation was launched but after extensive questioning of friends and family, police could not establish a motive.

Murdoch was questioned by police in the weeks after the attack but he was not arrested.

He allegedly approached his ex-girlfriend for an alibi shortly after he was interviewed by homicide detectives, but she knocked him back.

Roof tiler Peter Pratt was working in Ms Blackwood's street on the day of her death and told the committal hearing he noticed a "suss-looking" man.

He later provided police with a description and a computer-generated face image was released.

Murdoch was finally arrested in April 2016 after his DNA came up as a possible match to swabs taken from Ms Blackwood's jeans.

It's alleged he tried to use the victim's bank card at an ATM but entered the wrong PIN, and later deposited cash from her wallet into his own account.

The murder weapon has never been recovered.

Murdoch, from Morwell, is due to face the Supreme Court for a directions hearing on Monday.

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