A teenager has denied killing a dad who died eight months after a one-punch street attack.
Calvin Mclellan was left in a coma with devastating injuries after he was attacked in South Shields town centre in August 2016.
The 30-year-old, from South Shields, died last April.
Connor Jary, of Moreland Road, South Shields, has appeared at Newcastle Crown Court accused of his manslaughter.
The 19-year-old, who appeared at the hearing via video link to HMP Durham, pleaded not guilty.
His barrister Vic Laffey said the defence team will examine the issue of causation.
A trial date has been listed for July.
Jary will be back in court for a further hearing in May.
Judge Paul Sloan QC remanded him in custody.