ONE News can now confirm a Christchurch man accused of murdering his five-year-old autistic stepson is dead.
James Roberts' death has been referred to the Coroner.
The 35-year-old was found dead at his father's property in Riccarton yesterday.
Roberts was on electronically-monitored bail at the address, awaiting his trial which was set to begin on October 31.
His stepson, Leon Jayet-Cole, was rushed to Christchurch Hospital with serious head injuries in May last year.
He died in hospital the next day.