The trial of a man for the murder of Christchurch teenager Hayden Miles will not take place before next April.
Police allege the murder was committed on August 22, 2011. The body of 15-year-old Hayden was found at the Ruru Lawn Cemetery in Linwood four months later.
Gavin John Gosnell, an unemployed 27-year-old, had been charged with the murder before the discovery of the body. He has been in custody since his arrest.
He appeared at a pre-trial call-over before Justice French in the High Court in Christchurch today.
Defence counsel Craig Ruane said a February 2013 trial date had been proposed but it would not be able to go ahead then because the pathologist and the police officer in charge of the case were not available.
He said it appeared the trial would not be able to take place until the second quarter of the year, which begins in April.
Justice French remanded Gosnell in custody to another pre-trial conference on November 6, when it is expected the trial date will be set.
Much of the detail of the case remains suppressed and those orders were continued today by Justice French.
A 36-year-old man, whose name is suppressed, has been charged with robbing Hayden of a cask of wine on the day police say he was killed. He has pleaded not guilty and his jury trial is listed for next month.
On May 24, one of Hayden's friends, 18-year-old Nicolette Vaux-Phillips, was sentenced to a year's home detention on a charge of being an accessory after the fact to culpable homicide. She had pleaded guilty to the charge.
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