Ristevski murder trial set down for March

Amber Wilson
Borce Ristevski is scheduled to go on trial next March for his wife's murder

Accused Melbourne wife-killer Borce Ristevski will face a murder trial starting in March.

Ristevski, 54, is accused of murdering 47-year-old Karen Ristevski at their Avondale Heights home on June 29, 2016 before dumping her body in bushland.

At a short directions hearing on Monday, the Supreme Court of Victoria was told the trial would run four to five weeks due to a "large body of evidence".

Prosecutors have been given until November 9 to file their opening, with Ristevski's defence given until December 5 to file their response.

After a high-profile committal hearing, magistrate Suzanne Cameron decided last Thursday there was enough evidence to send Ristevski to trial charged with murder.

His defence team had argued the murder charge should be abandoned in favour of sending Ristevski to trial on the the lesser charge of manslaughter.

But prosecutors argued his behaviour after the alleged killing suggested he intended to murder his wife.

They said he could not have accidentally killed his wife, given he allegedly concealed her body and lied to family and police.

Ristevski has denied killing the dress shop owner, whose skeletal remains were found by two horticulturalists in Macedon Regional Park eight months after her alleged murder.

An autopsy was unable to determine her cause of death.

Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth on Monday set down a second directions hearing for December 12 ahead of the March trial.