Eight men are set to go on trial accused of murdering a dad in a North-east town by hitting him with weapons including a machete and a metal bat.
The men all deny murdering 39-year-old handyman Gary Clampett in Fraserburgh earlier this year.
Mr Clampett died following an incident in Fernie Place in the early hours of Sunday, June 18.
John Henderson, 47, Gary Martin, 37, Joseph Martin, 40, Thomas Martin, 45, David Graham, 46, Barry Martin, 32, James Connor 52, and Dean Leech, 25, are accused of murdering Mr Clampett by hitting him with knives, a machete, sword, chain, hammer, crowbar, wrench, stick, bats, golf clubs, poles and a metal bat on June 18 at the town’s Fernie Place.
The men appeared in the dock before Judge Lady Rae at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday.
Graham also denies committing a breach of the peace on May 27 at Fernie Place, Fraserburgh, by making threatening remarks to Mr Clampett and brandishing a sword at him.
Henderson plus Thomas, Joseph and Gary Martin deny assaulting Sharon Clampett, who was previously known as Sharon Graham, at Fernie Place, on June 18.
Lady Rae set a trial date for February 26, next year.
It is expected that the case will last for 20 days.
It is believed that Mr Clampett had moved to the North-east about two years ago to be with family and set up his handyman business.
In 2016 he married Sharon Graham.
After Mr Clampett’s death, Ms Graham’s son Gordon described him as a “legend” in an online tribute.