Three people are to stand trial accused of setting an Angus man on fire and murdering him at a nature reserve.
Steven Dickie, 23, Callum Davidson, 23, and Tasmin Glass, 19, are charged with killing Steven Donaldson between June 6 and 7 this year.
The trio allegedly arranged to meet the 27-year-old at Peter Pan Play Park in Kirriemuir and assaulted him, then transported him to Loch Of Kinnordy Nature Reserve car park.
Prosecutors allege they further attacked him and set fire to him, and to his car.
Dickie, Davidson and Glass appeared in the dock today at the High Court in Glasgow where they all pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Donaldson.
Dickie, represented by Ian Duguid QC, and Davidson, represented by Brian McConnachie QC, also denied a string of other charges.
One charge alleges that between February and May 2017 at Main Street, Lochore, Fife, they put a kitten in a bag and swung the bag and punched and kicked the kitten.
The two men and Glass are accused of arranging to meet Mr Donaldson at Peter Pan Play Park “with the intention of assaulting him”.
It is claimed that once there, they repeatedly struck him on the head and body with unknown instruments then transported him to the nature reserve.
The charge further alleges that they repeatedly struck him on the head and body with a knife, baseball bat or similar instruments and repeatedly struck him on the head and neck with “an unknown heavy, bladed instrument” and set fire to him and his car.
A trial was set for April next year at the High Court in Edinburgh and Glass, represented by QC Mark Stewart, was granted bail.