The man accused of murdering Auckland man Denver Chance has pleaded not guilty.
Jay Christopher Lingman, 41, appeared before Justice Moore in the High Court at Auckland this morning.
Family and friends of Mr Chance, whose body was found at a Kingseat address two weeks after he went missing, packed the public gallery this morning.
Lingman, who is represented by Ron Mansfield, was arrested outside a Mt Eden bar earlier this month.
He first appeared in the Papakura District Court where he was granted interim name suppression.
This morning he did not seek further name suppression and was remanded in custody to next appear on June 5.