Jutting's Trial for Hong Kong Murders Set for October Next Year

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Rurik Jutting, the former Bank of America Corp. employee charged with murdering two Indonesian women in Hong Kong, will stand trial on Oct. 25 next year.

The hearing may take 20 days, running through Nov. 21, 2016, Justice Louis Tong said when he set the date in the High Court on Wednesday.

The former banker is accused of killing Sumarti Ningsih, 23, and Seneng Mujiasih, 29, whose bodies were found at Jutting’s apartment in the Wan Chai district in November last year. He was 29 when charged.

Jutting, who’s being held in prison, didn’t appear in court on Wednesday and has yet to formally enter a plea. The judge said that in setting the timetable he was assuming a plea of not guilty.

If convicted, Jutting faces a sentence of life in prison.

(Adds in fourth paragraph that judge is assuming a plea of not guilty.)
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