Two men have appeared in court in Northern Ireland charged with the murder of writer Lyra McKee.
Gearoid Cavanagh, 33, and Jordan Devine, 21, both of Derry, appeared via video link in Derry magistrates court on Friday.
They were charged with the murder of McKee, as well as possession of a firearm and ammunition with the intent to endanger life, riot, possession of gasoline bombs, dropping gasoline bombs and arson. Cavanagh was also charged with theft.
McKee, 29, one of Northern Ireland’s most promising young journalists, was shot while observing riots in the Creggan area of Derry on April 18, 2019. The New IRA, a dissident Republican group, admitted responsibility and said his gunman had been targeting the police.
Judge Barney McElholm granted the defendants bail and ordered them to return to court on October 7.
Police arrested Cavanagh and Devine, along with two other men, on Wednesday under the Terrorism Act. DetSupt Jason Murphy said the arrests were the culmination of a detailed two-year investigation into McKee’s murder and the events that preceded it.
One man, Paul McIntyre, 53, has already been charged with McKee’s murder. Denies the accusation. Another man has been charged with rioting and other crimes related to the night of the shooting.
The assassination shocked Northern Ireland and galvanized calls at McKee’s funeral for nationalist and unionist political parties to stop fighting and build on the spirit of the 1998 Good Friday agreement.
On the second anniversary of the death in April 2021, the National Union of Journalists launched a campaign to urge witnesses to submit new information.
Billboards appeared around Derry with the same message and thousands of letters from McKee’s family requesting information were delivered to homes in the city.