Springbank murder accused to face court

Ken Handford

Ken Handford

A Supreme Court justice will on Friday hand down her decision on the change of plea application for one of the men accused of murdering Springbank war veteran Ken Handford.

A live stream to the Ballarat Law Courts from Melbourne will be held at 2.15pm, with justice Jane Dixon expected to hand down her ruling.

Murder accused, Adam Williamson, has argued he should not have to face a section 3a murder charge.

If Judge Dixon permits the application, Williamson may change his plea of guilty to not guilty. 

Justice Dixon is on Friday also expected to sentence a co-accused who has previously pleaded guilty to murder, aggravated burglary and theft.

It is alleged the co-accused stabbed Mr Handford 13 times with a double-edged knife on the eve of his 90th birthday.