Three men will go on trial next year after they denied murdering a man in Caerphilly county.
David Gaut's body was found at a flat in Long Row, New Tredegar, on 4 August.
David Osbourne, 51, Darren Evesham, 47, and Ieuan Hartley, 23, appeared in front of Judge Eleri Rees at Cardiff Crown Court.
They each pleaded not guilty to murdering 54-year-old Mr Gaut between 1 August and 4 August. A trial was set for 16 January.
Mr Evesham and Mr Hartley also denied perverting the course of justice while Mr Osbourne pleaded guilty to the same charge on a limited basis.
The three men, all from New Tredegar, were remanded in custody.
The trial is expected to last four weeks.