Man, 34, denies murder of millionaire couple found dead in their home with powerful painkiller in system

A MAN has denied murdering a millionaire couple who were found dead with a powerful painkiller in their bodies.

Stephen Baxter, 61, and his wife Carol, 64, were discovered at their home on Mersea Island, Essex, on April 9.

Stephen and Carol Baxter were found dead in their home


Stephen and Carol Baxter were found dead in their homePhoto credit: East Anglia News Service

Luke D’Wit appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today where he denied two counts of murder.

The 34-year-old also pleaded not guilty to theft Jewelry Property owned by Carol on or before July 6th.

D’Wit denied another charge of possession of a Class A drug, fentanyl, on July 16.

He was remanded in custody ahead of a preliminary hearing date of February 12 next Year.

Police initially viewed the couple’s deaths as unexpected and not suspicious.

But following a toxicology analysis, two men and a woman were arrested on July 6.

An investigation determined that Carol’s cause of death was listed as “combined fentanyl and promethazine toxicity with terminal bronchopneumonia.”

While her husband died of “cardiomegaly and alcoholic liver disease with fentanyl poisoning.”

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid painkiller used to treat severe pain and is only available with a prescription.

Carol and Stephen were joint directors of the bath and shower mat company Cazsplash.

On April 9, police were called to the couple's home


On April 9, police were called to the couple’s homePhoto credit: East Anglia News Service
Fentanyl was found in Carol's body


Fentanyl was found in Carol’s bodyPhoto credit: East Anglia News Service

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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