A MAN accused of the murder of Bryan Knox will face a trial by a jury early next year.
Thomas Gary Mawson, 36, is accused of killing the 32-year-old on Sunday.
Mr Knox, from Barmston, was found in a road leading to Usworth Hall Estate, in the Stephenson area of Washington, shortly before 11am.
He was airlifted to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, but died later that day from his injuries.
Mawson, of Alwin, Rickleton, Washington, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday via videolink to HMP Durham. He spoke only to confirm his name and that he could hear the proceedings.
Prosecutor Nick Dry told the court further statements are still being taken by detectives from witnesses in the case.
A trial date has been listed for January 26 next year.
Judge Paul Sloan QC said prosecutors must serve the full case against Mawson by July 29.
Mawson will be back in court to enter a formal plea to the charge he faces on August 26.
The judge remanded him in custody in the meantime.
No application was made for bail.