Michael John White, 40, of Coach Road, Sleights, appeared at Leeds Crown Court today (November 11) for a plea and trial preparation hearing.
He is charged with the murder of Kirk William Harland, 46, who was found with serious head injuries at the bottom of a staircase of a flat on the Esplanade, Whitby on September 29.
He was taken to hospital, where he remained in a critical condition before dying two weeks later.
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White pleaded not guilty to his murder and has been remanded in custody.
A date for trial has been set for March 30, 2020. The trial is expected to last five days.