A 30-year-old man denied murdering mother-of-three Kelly Franklin.
Ms Franklin, 29, was found in Oxford Road, Hartlepool, on August 3.
She is believed to have been stabbed, and died following efforts of passers-by to save her.
Torbjorn Kettlewell, 30, is charged with her murder, and charged with possession of a bladed article.
Kettlewell, of Oval Grange, Hartlepool, pleaded not guilty to both charges when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court via videolink from Durham Prison.
The court heard the issue in the case is likely to be diminished responsibility.
Jamie Hill QC, prosecuting, said the trial is expected to take 'about a week'.
Judge Simon Bourne-Arton set a trial date of January 14.
Kettlewell was remanded in custody.
A 48-year-old woman is still being questioned on suspicion of assisting an offender.