PAUL Cohrs has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his mother Bette Cohrs at her Red Cliffs home in October last year.
The case was set for a one-and-a-half-day committal hearing, however it proceeded by way of a hand-up brief, with no witnesses called or evidence given, in an eight-minute video link before Mildura Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.
Cohrs looked straight down the camera into the court room, where Magistrate Dr Michael King said he was satisfied there was a case to answer.
He was read a committal and alibi caution before Dr King asked whether he pleaded guilty or not guilty to the murder of his 82-year-old mother at her Red Cliffs property on October 30.
He entered a not-guilty plea as family members watched from the courtroom.
The court was previously told a 90-minute body-worn camera recording taken from inside an ambulance would form part of the prosecution's case.
Cohrs was committed for trial and a directions hearing was set for the Supreme Court of Melbourne on August 26. He was formally remanded in custody.
Two weeks ago, New South Wales Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Cohrs, a former Wentworth Shire councillor, over the murder of his 63-year-old brother Raymond Cohrs at Lake Victoria Station on the same day as his mother's death.
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