Edward Kenneth Lord.
Edward Kenneth Lord. Contributed

Man to stand trial over wife's murder following river crash

A GOLD Coast man will stand trial in Lismore for the alleged murder of his wife following a suspicious car crash in the Tweed River almost three years ago.

Edward Kenneth Lord, 54, is accused of murdering his wife Michele in October 2015, when the car he was driving with her plunged into the Tweed River on the Tweed Valley Way near Tumbulgum.

Mr Lord pulled his wife, 57, from the sinking wreckage and performed CPR but she died in hospital two days later.

It took until March last year - 18 months after the crash - for detectives to charge Mr Lord with the murder of his wife, alleging the crash was deliberate.

He has been in custody ever since, despite several applications for bail.

Mr Lord was arraigned in the Sydney Supreme Court on Friday.

He will face trial in the Supreme Court in Lismore on April 22 next year.