Borce Ristevski Makes Manslaughter Submission
As a Melbourne court hearing for Borce Ristevski nears an end, his lawyers will argue he shouldn't stand trial of murdering his wife and that a manslaughter trial is more appropriate.
Ristevski, 54, is accused of killing Karen Ristevski at the couple's Avondale Heights home in June 2016 and dumping her body in the bush.
He is facing a committal hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to send him to trial for murder.
Ristevski's defence lawyer David Hallowes SC is on Wednesday expected to argue evidence could not support a murder conviction.
"I will be making submissions that your honour should not commit on murder but manslaughter is open," he told Melbourne Magistrates Court.
This is not an indication Ristevski would plead guilty to manslaughter and it's understood he would maintain his innocence over the killing.
Ms Ristevski's remains were discovered between two logs by horticulturists at Macedon Regional Park eight months after she vanished.
Her husband said the fashion boutique owner went for a walk to clear her mind after an argument and never returned.
Prosecutors allege he murdered her and used her Mercedes-Benz roadster to dump the body body, killing the signal on his mobile phone on the way.
Family members, detectives, doctors, a telecommunications expert and a CCTV analyst are among the witnesses to have already testified during the two-week hearing.
The evidence is expected to conclude on Wednesday.