London - A man admitted on Friday shot dead an Indian student in England but denied it was murder and will stand trial this year.
Kiaran Stapleton, (21), went to a stranger, Anuj Bidve, (23), and shot him once in the head at close range in Salford near Manchester, at dawn, on December 26 last year.
Manchester Crown Court present, Stapleton pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter on the grounds to reduce liability.
He will be tried for murder on June 25 with proceedings expected to last for 12 days.
In court he sat quietly throughout the hearing with her arms folded.
Bidve parents, Subhash and Yogini, was in court and sat on the right, not visible to the defendant.
They listened attentively as Stapleton express submissions and appeals submitted in custody before trial.
Bidve was studying engineering at the University of Lancaster and visit friends in Manchester when he was killed.