Murder accused to apply for bail
GERARD Baden-Clay's legal team is fighting to have him released on bail and say their client is determined to clear his name.
Allison Baden-Clay's husband appeared in court yesterday to face the charge of murdering his wife and mother of their three daughters.
His legal team said they would apply for bail and a hearing is expected in the Supreme Court next Thursday.
Until then, he will remain in custody at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre in Wacol on Ipswich's eastern outskirts.
He could stay there for more than a year before his murder trial comes before the courts.
He was arrested on Wednesday and charged with murder after several hours of questioning at Indooroopilly police station.
After he was charged, Mr Baden-Clay's lawyer said his client was "devastated" and he would "vigorously defend the charges".
He was also charged with interfering with a corpse.
The 41-year-old was driven to the Brisbane watchhouse where he spent the night before fronting Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday.
Baden-Clay reported Allison, 43, missing on April 20 and 10 days later a kayaker spotted her body on the banks of Kholo Creek, about 15km from her home.
When he appeared in court yesterday morning, he was dressed in the checked shirt and dark slacks he was wearing when he was charged.
He sat in the dock staring at the front of the packed court room before Magistrate Elizabeth Hall adjourned the matter to July 9.
About an hour later, Baden-Clay appeared in court again while the prosecution applied for an order to allow police to gather DNA evidence from him.
Defence lawyer Darren Mahony consented to the application. Outside the court, Mr Mahony said his client maintained his innocence.
"Mr Baden-Clay maintains his innocence and the next step is to apply for bail in the Supreme Court," he said.
Allison Baden-Clay's family released a statement yesterday, trying to express the emotional toll their ordeal has taken on them.
"On behalf of Allison's loving family and friends, we would like to thank all the people who have worked so tirelessly in the wake of this terrible tragedy," it said.
"We are extremely grateful for the support of the community, the people of Brookfield, the SES and the police who have gone beyond the call of duty to find answers and help restore peace to our lives.
"We love Allison and will always miss her dearly.
"We have a long road ahead of us coming to terms with this horrific crime. We would ask everyone to respect our privacy during this very difficult time. The family will be making no further comments on the matter at this stage. Thank you."
On Wednesday evening, Gerard and Allison's daughters were taken to a separate Brisbane police station before being collected by Allison's parents, Geoff and Priscilla Dickie.
A statement released by police on Wednesday night thanked the media and public for their assistance during the investigation.
"Media and the public are also asked to respect the privacy of the family and friends of Mrs Baden-Clay during this difficult period," it said.