Retired doctor to stand trial for murder

A retired doctor will stand trial for the murder of a Brisbane socialite after a court hearing at which Queensland recruitment queen Sarina Russo said her friend would "absolutely not" have taken her own life.

Defence barrister Terry O'Gorman entered a not guilty plea on behalf of New Zealand-based Thomas Chris Lang, 64, who did not speak when Magistrate Belinda Merrin committed him to stand trial on a date to be fixed.

Maureen Boyce was found dead, with a knife embedded in her stomach, in her Kangaroo Point unit on October 22 last year.

Ms Russo told Brisbane's