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Dawson to plead not guilty to wife's death

The lawyer for Chris Dawson, the former footballer accused of killing his wife four decades ago, will argue his alleged victim was alive long after her disappearance.

Dawson faced Sydney's Central Local Court via video link on Thursday, charged with murdering his wife on the city's northern beaches in early 1982.

His lawyer Greg Walsh says his client asserts his innocence and bank card transactions weeks after Lynette's disappearance will form part of the not guilty plea.

Dawson has long said he believes Lynette walked out on him and their children but he did not report her missing until six weeks later.

The cold case was thrust into the public spotlight again earlier this year when it became the subject of popular podcast series The Teacher's Pet.

The former Newtown Jets rugby league player will remain behind bars for at least a week with his bail application scheduled for December 14.

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