Jury out in trial of pair accused of murdering woman
Steven Jackson and Michelle Higgins are accused of murdering Kimberley MacKenzie in Montrose, Angus.
The jury in the trial of a man and woman accused of murdering a mother and cutting up her body has retired to consider its verdict.
Steven Jackson and Michelle Higgins deny killing Kimberley MacKenzie and dumping her remains in locations across Montrose, Angus.
At the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday, Lady Rae told jurors to put aside any feelings of sympathy and look at the evidence "dispassionately and impartially".
She said: "You are the judges. You must return a verdict without fear or favour. It is your assessment of the evidence which counts."
Lady Rae told the jury of five women and nine men to take as long as they needed to reach their verdicts.
Jackson and Higgins are accused of murdering mother-of-three Ms MacKenzie by repeatedly striking her on the head, neck and body with a hammer or similar instrument and striking her with a knife at Market Street, Montrose, on October 27 last year.
They are also accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by dismembering her body using a saw, knives and a screwdriver and wrapping parts of her body in bin liners and bags and hiding them in bins in locations throughout Montrose between October 27 and November 4, 2015.
Both deny the charges against them.