A Portslade man has been given a trial date after being charged with the murder of Mile Oak teenager Shana Grice.
Michael Lane, 27, a tyre and exhaust fitter, of Thornhill Rise, Portslade, pleaded not guilty when he appeared at Hove Crown Court by video link before Judge Christine Laing.
At the hearing this morning (Tuesday 6 September) Lane was refused bail and remanded in custody until his trial which is due to start on Monday 6 March next year.
The barristers for the prosecution and defence were asked to return to court for a case management hearing on Friday 18 November.
Lane is accused of killing Shana Grice, 19, at her home in Chrisdory Road, Mile Oak, on Thursday 25 August. The former Hove Park School pupil worked in the accounts department of the Hove wholesale business Palmer and Harvey.