A Melbourne man accuse of killing his mother has missed court because he's in hospital.
Allan Miller, 49, is charged with the murder of 77-year-old Maureen Miller, whose body was discovered by police during a welfare check at her Blackburn home on Monday.
They had lived together since 2011. It's alleged he killed Ms Miller sometime between June 24 and July 5, after a dispute.
Miller was due to face Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday, but his lawyer Kyle McLaughlin asked that it go ahead in his absence while he is being treated for a lower leg infection.
Mr McLaughlin said the Blackburn man would need ongoing treatment for the infection once he is transferred into custody.
He also has a chronic inflammation condition.
Police have until September 1 to prepare a brief of evidence, which is expected to include statements from a number of other family members who are living interstate.
Miller's case is due to return to court on October 13.