The man accused of murdering a promising rugby league player is set to face a second trial on November after a jury was unable to decide on his guilt.
Vincent Skeen, 17, last month stood trial accused of the murder of Luke Tipene during a street brawl in West Auckland last year.
The jury was unable to decide on the matter after two days of deliberation in early September and he now faces a retrial.
Skeen again appeared in the High Court at Auckland this morning, where Justice Timothy Brewer set a tentative date for a second trial in November, to be confirmed later in the week.
If that date falls through, the retrial won't proceed until July next year.
Mr Tipene was a rising rugby league star, who was named the Auckland Rugby League's under-17 player of the year and was part of the New Zealand Warriors' development programme.
Skeen has been remanded in custody.