Accused murderer vows to fight

A MAN accused of the brutal murder of a mental health worker at East Lismore last year has announced he will fight the charge in the Sydney Supreme Court.

David Regan Rodriguez, 29, pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court yesterday to the murder of mental health case worker Michael Corkhill at the East Lismore North Coast Community Housing flat Rodriguez was living in on June 27 last year.

He will face a judge-alone trial at the Supreme Court in Sydney in mid-March.

A judge has yet to be assigned to hear the trial, which was expected to take about two days, and an exact date is yet to be set.

Police charged Rodriguez with murder after being called to the Maralyn Avenue flat and finding Mr Corkhill's body on the front patio.

At the time, police said Mr Corkhill's body had multiple stab wounds.

Lismore Local Court has previously been told Rodriguez suffers a serious mental illness.

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