Jordan Short, 20, from Kirkby, is due to appear in court next year after being accused of murdering a man in Wigan Town Centre.
He had previously been unable to attend court for health reasons.
Steven McMyler, a 34-year-old joiner, from Marsh Green, was found with serious injuries in the grounds of Wigan Parish Church in August last year. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect was arrested six days later and charged by police.
He made his first appearance in Manchester Crown Court via video link in August, but was unable to return to court due to ill health. At a brief hearing in Manchester Crown Court this week, Judge Mark Turner agreed to extend Mr Short’s custody period.
Mr Short is set to face court in the New Year, with a potential trial date to start on January 31 if he pleads not guilty.
He is yet to enter a plea to the charge of murder.
In a tribute released by Greater Manchester Police following his death, Mr McMyler’s family said: “Steven was an extremely likeable lad, and everyone who came across him loved him as much as we all did.”