David Benbow, who is accused of killing Halswell man Michael McGrath over two years ago, has appeared in the Christchurch High Court this morning.
Michael McGrath went missing from his home in May 2017. His body has never been found.
The 51-year-old accused, who pleaded not guilty at his first appearance in the District Court, appeared via video link from prison.
He will have a bail application heard by the court on October 24.
His trial has been set down for February 9, 2021 and is expected to run for three weeks.
His next appearance will be in December for a case review.