Two men have appeared in court charged with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry in April 2019.

The 29-year-old was shot dead by dissident republicans as she observed rioting in the Creggan area of the city.

Geroid Cavanagh, 33, of Elmwood Terrace, Derry, and Jordan Devine, 21, of Synge Court, Derry, appeared via videolink at Derry Magistrates' Court where they were charged with her murder.

They were both also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life, riot, possession of petrol bombs, throwing petrol bombs and arson.

Mr Cavanagh was further charged with robbery.

A prosecuting lawyer told the court the police case was that the two defendants were with the gunman who fired the shot on the night that Ms McKee was killed.

Defence lawyers said the evidence against their clients was weak.

The two defendants were granted bail by district judge Barney McElholm and will appear again in court on 7 October.

A third man, Joe Campbell, 20, of Gosheden Gardens in Derry, was charged with riot, possession of petrol bombs and throwing petrol bombs on the night that Ms McKee was killed.

He was also granted bail and will appear in court again on 7 October.

A 19-year-old man also arrested during the same operation has been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.