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The 30-year-old man accused of the murder of Amber-Rose Rush at her Corstorphine home had until 5pm yesterday to file the paperwork with the Court of Appeal.
It has been confirmed to the Otago Daily Times that has been completed.
The Court of Appeal will now set a date for the issue to be argued.
At the defendant's last appearance before the High Court at Dunedin on Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty to murder and four charges of threatening to kill.
Justice Gerald Nation suppressed the legal submissions made in court, as well as other details of the allegations the man faced.
The defendant is next scheduled to appear on March 27.