Cross-examination of witnesses expected to be called in the trial of a man accused of a murder at Corowa will go ahead in late August.
That was confirmed when the matter of Heath Kevin Parkinson went before magistrate Rodney Brender in Albury Local Court this week.
"The matter is ready to proceed on the 29th," Director of Public Prosecutions representative Mary-Beth McFarlane said.
Ms McFarlane said the Crown expected to call three witnesses for the pre-trial hearing.
This is set down for August 29 and 30, though the court heard the matter might not run for that long.
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Neither Parkinson nor his co-accused, Adam Dennis Coats, were required to appear via a video link to jail this week, though both men have appeared on several previous occasions.
Coats, 44, initially was also facing a murder charge over the stabbing death of Christopher Quirk, 41.
But this was dropped by the DPP in early April. Coats though still faces serious charges related to Mr Quirk's death
Mr Quirk died after allegedly being attacked with both a knife and a baseball bat in Vera Street, Corowa, on March 10, 2018.
Mr Brender ordered Parkinson, 34, to appear in person for the cross-examination of witnesses hearing.
The court heard earlier that defence representations to downgrade the seriousness of the allegations that had been leveled against Coats had been "unsuccessful".
That meant the cross-examination hearing would also involve Coats' matter.
Coats is alleged to have intervened in a fight between Mr Quirk and Parkinson, who police claim were both carrying knives.
Parkinson was injured during their confrontation and was treated in hospital for stab wounds that ultimately required surgery.
It was days before police were able to interview him.
At no stage since Mr Quirk's death has a possible motivation for the stabbing been put before the courts.
Neither Coats nor Parkinson made an application for bail and so each man was remanded in custody to August 29.
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