Murder-accused Johnnie Puna to stand trial in November
A young man accused of killing a father of two in Hawke's Bay will stand trial by jury in November.
Johnnie Puna appeared in the High Court in Napier on Monday morning via audio visual link.
He's charged with the murder of Hawke's Bay man Mark Beale, a 45-year-old who was found near the river in the seasidesettlement of Haumoana about 7am on Monday, February 6.
He was taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital but later died of his injuries.
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Puna was arrested on February 24 and charged with murder, at the age of 19.
In May, he pleaded not guilty to the charge, but admitted stealing Beale's cellphone.