A teenager has appeared in court to deny murdering a 62-year-old shop worker in Sunderland.
Ethan Mountain is accused of stabbing great-grandmother Joan Hoggett while she was on duty at the One Stop Shop on Sea Road in Sunderland on September 5.
The 19-year-old, of Heaton Gardens, South Shields, South Tyneside, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court via video link to HMP Manchester for a short hearing on Monday December 17.
Mountain pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder.
Judge Paul Sloan QC said a further hearing will take place on January 14 and a trial by jury has been listed for March 5.
Judge Sloan told Mountain: