Court date for Justine's accused killer still up in the air
A MURDER trial into the death of a Sunshine Coast barmaid almost three years ago could run in May but its fate remains up in the air.
Richard Peter Coburn, 29, has pleaded not guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court to killing Justine Jones, 22, and dumping her body in a wheelie bin at Alexandra Headland.
The case was listed as the number two trial during May sittings before Justice Ros Atkinson and was expected to begin on May 13.
But Justice Atkinson told the prosecutor and defence barrister the "bad news" on Wednesday that she expected the number one trial to go about 15 days.
She said the man was self-represented in the other trial and the case was expected to eat into the time allocated for Coburn's trial.
All parties agreed to keep the trial listed in May in case the other falls over.
The court heard the trial would centre on whether Coburn was responsible for killing Ms Jones and whether he intended to do so.
Ms Jones' body was found wrapped in the doona cover missing from her room at the Nambour tip in July, 2010, more than a week after she died.
She was crushed so badly by a compacting garbage truck that a cause of death was never determined.