Gay murder: suspects appear in court

The state dropped murder charges against two men accused of killing UJ law professor Carl Mischke.

Dr Carl Mischke was murdered at his Norwood home. Picture: Shain Germaner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The state on Wednesday dropped murder charges against two men accused of killing University of Johannesburg (UJ) law professor Carl Mischke.

He was stabbed to death at his Norwood home in northern Johannesburg in April.

Four men appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Both Tim Cooke and Gary Azaro won't face murder charges, but the state insists they should still be charged with the possession of Mischke's stolen vehicle.

The duo appeared relieved after murder charges were dropped, but it is understood they could turn state witness.

Craig Thomas and Jacques Terre'Blanche still face murder charges.

Azaro and Cooke will return to court in August to face lesser charges, while Thomas and Terre'Blanche are expected to apply for bail next week.

Eyewitness News understands that Thomas had a complex relationship with Mischke and was originally a tenant at the professor's home.

Mischke's naked body was found face down on his bed in a pool of blood after having allegedly invited in his killer or killers.

He is the ninth victim in a string of gay murders across Gauteng and Cape Town.