The jury panel in the trial of Ashburton Work and Income shooting accused Russell John Tully has been told it's not required until tomorrow, with today now set down for pre-trial legal argument.

The trial for 49-year-old Tully is scheduled to start at the High Court in Christchurch this week.

He denies two charges of murdering Work and Income employees Peggy Turuhira Noble, 67, and Susan Leigh Cleveland, 55,and attempting to murder Lindy Louise Curtis and Kim Elizabeth Adams. He also denies other charges that include theft, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, and setting a man trap.

The jury will now be empanelled at 10am tomorrow.


Tully will not be represented in court by his own defence counsel. Instead his case will be handled by two amicus curiae, or friends of the court, Phil Shamy and James Rapley.

The trial, presided over by Justice Cameron Mander, is set down for three weeks.