Pathology reports into the death of Jamie McMahon, in Northampton, have not yet been completed, a Crown Court judge was told on Monday morning.
Judge Mayo, sitting at Birmingham Crown Court, was told a cause of death had not yet been fully established as a result.
Two men have been accused of the murder of Mr McMahon in Northampton town centre on October 2, as well as an associated charge of robbery. Mr McMahon was found dead in St Giles Churchyard after a night out in the town.
Mark Lewis, 19, of Clickers Drive, Upton, appeared before Judge Mayo for a prelimanary hearing. His co-accused, Michael Francis, 32, of St James Road, Northampton, will appear at the same court on Tuesday morning.
Judge Mayo ordered the pathology reports to be completed by the end of the year.
No application for bail was made and Lewis was remanded into custody.