A MAN charged with murder in 2018 is still more than a month away from having his case moved to the supreme court after it was adjourned again in Tamworth.
Jamie Cust has been behind bars for 20 months now, accused of killing Jesus Bebita in Scone in December 2018.
He's yet to enter a plea to the charge and Legal Aid solicitor Rae Parker told Tamworth Local Court on Wednesday both sides needed more time.
"I'm advised it's an application for an adjournment from both parties for four or six weeks," she told the court.
Magistrate Julie Soars queried the papers, noting Cust, who did not appear in court for his case, had been in custody the entire time for a "serious charge".
"It is beyond 12 months," she said.
But the Crown and defence have another month to discuss the case after the adjournment was granted for five weeks.
"Hopefully it will proceed on the next occasion," Ms Soars said, pointing to the charge papers.
"First mention 19 December 2018."
"Absolutely," Ms Parker replied.
Ms Parker made no application for bail and it was formally refused.
Detectives allege Mr Bebita, 41, was killed at a Parker Street, Scone home in the early hours of December 18, 2018. It's understood he suffered traumatic injuries, and the pair were known to each other after working together at JBS Australia in Scone.
In November last year, Cust's Legal Aid defence lawyer argued against a lengthy adjournment and said two sections of the law stated charge certification "should occur within six months", noting her client had already been in custody for 11 months.
But at the time, the court heard Cust could be immediately indicted on the same charge by the DPP, if the case was thrown out in the local court.
The court has previously heard the case against Cust is "complex" and the brief of evidence spanned 14 volumes, which "requires a great deal of analysis", the prosecution said.