Amber-Rose Rush murder-accused allegedly threatened to kill four others

A doctor charged with murdering teenager Amber-Rose Rush is also charged with four counts of threatening to kill others.

The 30-year-old, who has been granted name suppression, is accused of murdering the 16-year-old girl in Dunedin on February 2.

He appeared at the Dunedin High Court on Tuesday morning and faced additional charges of threatening to kill four people in Balclutha on February 3.

The defendant has indicated he will enter a plea of not guilty in relation to the murder charge.

Family and friends of Amber-Rose Rush were in the public gallery on Tuesday and made comments to the defendant as he exited the dock wearing a hoodie.

The defendant was known to the victim.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to reappear in court on March 6.