A Northern Territory police officer will stand trial for murder over the killing of an Indigenous man shot three times in a remote township last year.
Judge John Birch ordered NT constable Zachary Rolfe to stand trial following a three-day preliminary hearing in the Alice Springs Local Court.
Rolfe, 29, is living at his parents' home in Canberra while free on bail and attended the hearing via a video link from the ACT Magistrates Court.
He was suspended from the police force with pay after he was charged with murder following Kumanjayi Walker's death at the Yuendumu Indigenous settlement in central Australia on November 9.
The 19-year-old's death was protested at rallies around the country, and followed the death in police custody of George Floyd in the United States in May.
Rolfe was part of a four-member elite Immediate Response Team that drove 290 kilometres from Alice Springs into the Tanami Desert to arrest Walker.
The preliminary hearing in September heard evidence that Mr Walker wounded Rolfe and his partner Adam Eberl with a pair of scissors in a darkened room.
Rolfe allegedly shot Mr Walker with a Glock pistol three times as the Indigenous man grappled with Mr Eberl.
Prosecutors alleged the second and third shots were not justified.
Rolfe has not been required to enter a plea but denies any wrongdoing. He will make his first appearance in the Northern Territory Supreme Court by video on November 25.
A trial would likely be held next year.
Rolfe faces a potential life sentence if convicted.
Australian Associated Press