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Niraj Prasad, 38, is accused of killing Faiz Ali, a manager at Indian grocery store Krazy Price Mart, on February 21 this year.
Prasad was arrested and appeared at Christchurch District Court the following day on a charge of murder.
He denies murdering Ali and will defend the charge at a trial at the High Court in Christchurch starting on August 1 next year.
The trial date was confirmed at a brief hearing this morning before Justice Rob Osborne.
Prasad was remanded in custody to a pre-trial callover next month.
Ali was born and raised in Sabeto, in the Nadi area of Fiji.
His father passed away just a few weeks before he died.
He is survived by his mother and siblings in Nadi, Auckland and Brisbane.
Friends of Ali described him as "a wonderful young man" and an "amazing" person.