Cody Fisher: Birmingham nightclub stabbing murder suspects remanded in custody after court hearing

The two people charged with murder and affray after footballer Cody Fisher was stabbed to death in a nightclub have been remanded in custody at a court hearing. 

Kami Carpenter, 21, and Remy Gordon, 22, appeared in front of two magistrates at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday.

The defendants, both from Birmingham, spoke only to confirm their personal details and enter not guilty pleas to a linked charge of affray during a four-minute hearing.

They were not asked to enter any plea to the murder charge.

Both defendants were ordered to re-appear before a Crown Court judge on Wednesday. A further hearing was set for January 30.

Mr Fisher was stabbed to death on the dancefloor of the Crane nightclub in Digbeth shortly before 11.45pm on Boxing Day.

The 23-year-old, who played for Stratford Town FC, was approached by a group of people and stabbed while on a night out with friends.

The nightclub had its licence suspended for 28 days on Friday following accusations from West Midlands Police that there had been "serious management failings" at the venue on the night Mr Fisher died.

Birmingham city councillors said they will consider whether to close the club permanently at a full review hearing in the future.

The police's application for the review said Mr Fisher died during "a fight on the dancefloor" and officers who attended "described a scene of chaos and evidence of drug use within the premises".

Officers recovered a knife from the crime scene, and a post-mortem examination has confirmed that Mr Fisher died of a stab wound.