An accused murderer went from playful posing to slapping a table in frustration minutes later when he learnt of the delays investigators have in compiling the case against him.
Jake William Brown is one of three people charged with murdering Jarrad Lovison, whose body was found in bushland in Moondarra, about 160 kilometres east of Melbourne, on May 23 last year, more than a month after he was last seen alive.
On Thursday, Mr Brown waved and joked with his co-accused, Andrew James Price and Samantha Guillerme, as they appeared on separate video links and smiled at each other as they waited for the start of an administrative hearing at the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court.
Mr Brown, 29, at one point playfully flexed his biceps to his co-accused and he and Mr Price, 47, wished Ms Guillerme, 24, a merry Christmas.
But Mr Brown became frustrated quickly into the hearing, as prosecutor Tim McCulloch said investigators were still waiting for the results of toxicology, pathology and DNA reports, transcriptions from telephone intercepts and listening devices and for analyses of drugs and firearms.
Mr Brown put his face in his hands, slapped his open hands on the table in front of him and rocked back in his chair as he heard Mr McCulloch list the evidence still pending, which also includes statements from a handful of witnesses and mobile phone downloads.
Murder accused Samantha Guillerme (left), Jake Brown and Andrew Price.Credit:
"One to two months," the accused man muttered as he repeated the prosecutor's estimate on when some reports might be completed.
Mr McCulloch said police had prioritised requests for reports given the case was a homicide investigation but the diversion of police officers to the Victoria-NSW border and to the hotel quarantine program had also taken resources away from the investigation.
Police allege Mr Lovison, 37, was murdered on April 16 in Moondarra, the same day he was seen riding his mountain bike along the Moe-Walhalla Road.
Ms Guillerme, Mr Price and Mr Brown, all from around the Moe area, were arrested in October and are each charged with murder. Mr Price is also charged with possessing an unregistered gun.
Magistrate Guillaume Bailin on Thursday asked that a detective advise the court next month of a timeline on how long it would be before the reports and statements would be with defence lawyers.
"I am not being critical but the accused need to know where they stand with the case against them," Mr Bailin said.
Mr McCulloch said he expected at least one of the accused to apply for bail in coming weeks. Ms Guillerme was to seek bail a month ago but her lawyer withdrew the application that day because of the large volume of evidence against her, which the lawyer needed time to go through.
Ms Guillerme ran her hands through her hair and looked downwards as the hearing ended and waved to family members who were watching.
She and her co-accused are next to appear before a magistrate on February 3.
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