A PUB manageress and an employee charged with murder following an incident at Abergele will go trial in January.
Defendants Tracey Alison Jones (47) of Lon y Gors, Pensarn, and Anthony Graham Smith (39) of Sunray Avenue in Abergele, have both been charged with the murder of Paul Blackledge, who died of his injuries in hospital, following an incident near The Penybont public house in Abergele.
Mr Justice John Griffith-Williams, sitting at Mold Crown Court was told that Smith had denied murder but had admitted an alternative charge of manslaughter.
Jones had denied both murder and manslaughter.
The judge said that he was releasing the trial to Judge Merfyn Hughes QC who would conduct the trial, which is expected to last between two and three weeks, starting on January 2.
He said that the trial was likely to be at Caernarfon Crown Court but that would be confirmed.
A pre-trial review would be held in November when final details for the trial would be made, including confirmation of venue.
The judge granted applications for QCs to conduct the defence cases.
Paul Blackledge, 54, died in the specialist head injuries unit at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire at Stoke on Trent hospital on Saturday night July 29 after an alleged assault the previous Thursday near the Pen-y-Bont pub in Abergele.