TWO suspects have appeared in court charged with murdering a woman with a hammer.

Aaron Donald, 28, and Laura McMurdo, 29, are accused of killing Claire Turnbull at a flat in Blairhall last October 5.

Prosecutors state the 36-year-old was held by the throat and punched before being struck on the head with a hammer repeatedly.

The pair face a separate charge of then attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

This includes claims the pair changed clothes after the alleged murder and hid the hammer in a bag.

Donald and McMurdo made their first public appearance in the dock today (Friday) during a short hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

Donald made no plea while McMurdo pleaded not guilty.

Lady Stacey adjourned the case until a further hearing next month.