A man has appeared in court to deny murdering restaurant boss Giuseppi Roncari.
Vincenzo Tavano, 32, appeared at Manchester Crown Court via a video link from prison and pleaded not guilty to murder.
Mr Tavano, of Park Lane, Poynton, admitted taking a Jaguar car without consent, he admitted theft of bank cards and cash, as well as fraud by making a false representation.
A trial, scheduled to last a week, will be held at the same court in October.
Mr Tavano, who is balding with a black beard and wore a black T-shirt, spoke to confirm his name and that he could hear the proceedings, before giving his pleas.
Addressing him, Judge Patrick Field said: “This case is now being adjourned until October 9 when your trial will take place at this court.
Police were called to a property on Blackburn Street in Trinity, Salford, at about 7.20pm on Monday, April 17, where Mr Roncari was found dead.
The 61, previously managed the Avalanche restaurant in Manchester city centre.