Original article from Kent Live
As the investigation into the killing of Julia James continues, no suspect has yet been identified.
Now, the barrister for Michael Stone, who was convicted of the 1996 Chillenden murders, has contacted Kent Police.
Mark McDonald, QC, who maintains Stone's innocence, says five suspects in the murders of Lin Russell and her daughter Megan should be investigated over Julia's death.
He has now contacted the force in an effort to hand over details of the individuals, reports The Mirror.
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They were investigated over the murders of Dr Russell, 45, and Megan, six, along with the attempted murder of nine-year-old Josie Russell, 25 years ago.
The hammer attack happened as they walked their dog on a lane three miles from where Julia, 53, was found bludgeoned to death, her Jack Russell by her body, last Tuesday.
Mr McDonald is barrister for Michael Stone, who was sentenced to life for the Russell murders, but still protests his innocence.
Mr McDonald said: “We don’t want to in any way exploit what is a tragic murder and the obvious grief of the family, but Michael Stone is innocent and the person who killed the Russells is probably still out there.
“I have got information on alternative suspects that the police need to see.”
Senior detectives investigating community police support officer Julia’s murder say they are keeping an open mind to all scenarios, including possible links to the murders of Lin and Megan.
Stone, 60, was convicted and given three life sentences in 1998.
He was found guilty again in a retrial in 2001 and lost an appeal in 2005.
He is now waiting for the Criminal Cases Review Commission to give its verdict on the safety of his conviction.
The Russells were killed in Chillenden, Kent, near the spot where mother-of-two Julia was attacked close to her home in the village of Snowdown.
Locals in the Snowdown area were on Monday warned to stay “vigilant” amid fears the killer could strike again.
A Kent Police notice urged people to “remain cautious, vigilant and aware of your surroundings when out and about”.
It said: “Plan your route and tell someone where you are going and how long you will be.”
Dover Chief Inspector Dan Carter said in a message to locals: “One of the biggest policing teams I have known, including some of the very best detectives in the land, are working tirelessly, leaving no stone unturned, to bring the offender to justice.”
It has emerged that a potential dog theft took place in the Snowdown area just weeks before Julia’s murder.
A local parish magazine said a man had approached dog walkers asking to “exchange” their pets for cigarettes.
The article advised walkers “not to be alone if possible” and added that “extra precautions should be taken”.