A 22-year-old man charged with the murder of Auckland woman Chozyn Koroheke has pleaded not guilty.
The man, who has name suppression, was arrested in April after he handed himself into the Manukau police station.
He appeared in the Auckland High Court on Wednesday morning, alongside a woman who was charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder.
The woman also has name suppression.
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Koroheke, 22, died after being shot at close range in Pakuranga Heights on April 4.
The man pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and possessing a firearm without a licence.
Police arrested five other people during the investigation into Koroheke’s death, including three on unrelated matters.
Three men aged 27, 30, and 30 have been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.
In addition, a 47-year-old man was charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder.
The trial has been set down for March next year and is expected to last a maximum of four weeks.
Justice Simon Moore acknowledged it was a long time to wait for a trial but said these matters often took time, particularly in regards to forensic evidence.