The man accused of killing Christchurch man Marcus Tucker has pleaded not guilty.
Fifty-one-year-old Peter John Carroll is accused of assaulting and then murdering Mr Tucker after his burnt body was discovered on the shores of Lake Ellesmere near Doyleston on April 25.
Another man, George Perry Waata, 51, is accused of jointly assaulting Mr Tucker with intent to injure and pleaded not guilty.
A third man, 28-year-old Anthony Richard Dawson is charged with concealing evidence as well as a 31-year-old woman, who has name suppression. Both were remanded in custody and will reappear for a case review next month.
Police searched the roadside ditches of Doyleston's Drain Rd and a dive squad took to the water of Lake Ellesmere to gather evidence. It took police six days to make an arrest after the discovery of the 36-year-old's body, which was thought to have been dumped on the Sunday before or in the early hours of Monday morning.