Alleged sword-killers to be tried in 2020

Blake Davis and Hannah Quinn have denied murdering a Sydney hip-hop artist with a samurai sword.
Blake Davis and Hannah Quinn have denied murdering a Sydney hip-hop artist with a samurai sword.

A couple accused of murdering a Sydney hip-hop artist with a samurai sword is due to go on trial in late 2020.

Hannah Quinn, 25, and Blake Davis, 30, on Friday both pleaded not guilty in the NSW Supreme Court to murdering Jett McKee on August 10, 2018.

Quinn also formally denied an alternative charge that she intentionally rendered assistance to Davis so he could escape arrest for the offence of murder.

The court was told the pair would defend the matter on the grounds of self-defence, defence of another and extreme provocation.

Quinn's lawyer said her client was not alleged to have committed any physical acts.

A trial - set for November 9, 2020 - was the only way to settle the issues, the court was told.

Both remain on bail.

Mr McKee, who performed under the alias Scepaz, was found dead in an intersection in Forest Lodge after allegedly being struck in the head by Davis.

Quinn's bail hearing in August 2018 was told police allege Mr McKee was armed with a replica pistol, pepper spray and knuckledusters when he burst into the couple's home and demanded money.

Australian Associated Press