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Homicide detectives have yet to interview at least 15 potential witnesses in a massive Canberra murder investigation, while CCTV footage from 50 locations also still needs to be reviewed. This is part of what Deputy Public Prosecutor Anthony Williamson told ACT Magistrates Court on Friday, giving an insight into the huge task facing police as they investigate the recent death of 29-year-old Jordan Powell in the Civic. Sir. Powell’s alleged killer, Kenan Dowden-Carlisle, 19, was not required in court when legal aid attorney Sam McLaughlin pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder on his behalf. Sir. Dowden-Carlisle is said to have stabbed Mr Powell, a native father of four, to death in broad daylight in an alley near King O’Malley’s pub on December 4. The emergency services were called around noon. 9.45 the day after Mr Powell collapsed nearby Garema Place, where members of the public, police and paramedics tried in vain to rescue the 29-year-old known as “Ducky”. Mr. Dowden-Carlisle, from Greenleigh, near Queanbeyan, was arrested in Ainslie Place about 45 minutes later after a brief pursuit on foot. He has been in custody ever since, after rejecting the possibility of applying for bail. Magistrate James Stewart said last month that the teenager “had not slept for several nights” prior to the alleged murder. Sir. Stewart was sitting on the bench again Friday morning when the trial began by pleading not guilty. He was then asked by Mr. Williamson to grant 10 weeks probation, which the prosecutor said was necessary for police to prepare the evidence. MORE NEWS ABOUT LAW AND CRIME: Mr. Williamson revealed the amount of potential witnesses and CCTV footage still to be investigated, adding that a number of forensic reports also remained outstanding. McLaughlin did not argue against the request for what is a longer stay than usual, and Mr Stewart therefore granted it. The judge listed the case to return to court on April 1, which he described as “an unfortunate day in the calendar”. Sir. Dowden-Carlisle will remain behind bars in custody at the Alexander Maconochie Center in the meantime. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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