Mohamed Omar Hussein, a Mt Roskill Jihadi tried to plead insane as Sharia law advises this will let him off any murder charges.
The man charged with murdering Auckland cleaner Alan Priestley is considered fit to answer the charges in court.
Mohamed Omar Hussein, 21, will appear for a pre-depositions hearing in the Auckland District Court later this month.
In a brief hearing in Auckland District Court today the court was told Hussein was fit to plead.
Police said today they hoped an internal investigation into police action surrounding the death would be completed within a fortnight.
Mr Priestly, 72, was found with head injuries at the Wesley Islamic Centre and died three days later in hospital.
He was beaten 30 minutes after police dropped his alleged killer at the mosque to pray.