Rhys gang members in appeal bid
Two gang members convicted of helping the killer of Rhys Jones cover up the 11-year-old's murder in Liverpool have lodged appeals.
Rhys Jones died when he was shot in the car park of the Fir Tree Pub
, Croxteth, on 22 August 2007. Sean Mercer, 18, was found guilty of his murder.
Melvin Coy, 25, and Gary Kays, 26, are appealing against their convictions for two charges of assisting an offender.
They were jailed for seven years and Kays is appealing against the sentence.
During the trial Liverpool Crown Court heard Kays, of Mallard Close, and Coy, of Abbeyfield Drive, West Derby, had roles in helping Mercer destroy any evidence linking him to the schoolboy's killing.
The Court of Appeal confirmed the pair had lodged papers making requests to appeal.
Along with five other defendants convicted, they drove Mercer to an industrial site where his clothing, worn during the murder, was burnt and he was washed with petrol to remove any trace of gun residue.
Mercer also enlisted the help of James Yates, 20, Nathan Quinn, 18, Dean Kelly, 17, Melvin Coy, 25, Gary Kays, 26, and Boy M, a 16-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons.
The gun, used to kill Rhys, was also hidden in the loft of another defendant's house. It was later found by police.
Earlier this week the court confirmed Mercer, of Good Shepherd Close, Croxteth, had applied for leave to appeal against his conviction and his 22-year sentence.
Yates, of Dodman Road, Quinn, of Wickett Close, Kelly, of Sword Walk, and Boy M are due to be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on 29 January. BBC