The man accused of murdering another man who was left at Tauranga Hospital with critical injuries has pleaded not guilty.
Colin Richard Jeffries-Smith, 26, is accused of the murder of Lance Wayne Waite.
The accused entered a plea of not guilty to the charge via his lawyer at the High Court in Rotorua on Wednesday.
Jeffries-Smith was remanded in custody until a case review hearing on April 11.
A trial date has been set for February 11, 2019.
The death prompted police and Armed Offenders Squad raids at Wilrose Place in Gate Pa, where they believed Jeffries-Smith was prior to Waite being dropped off.