Nine people have appeared in court charged with causing affray on the night Wolverhampton murder victim Tom Kirwan died aged 23.
One of the defendants pleaded guilty, while six pleaded not guilty and two applied to have their cases dismissed.
Mr Kirwan’s family, including his mother Emer and fiancée Jade Elwell, stood outside court with a banner asking for ‘justice for Tom’.
A trial is expected to take place next May.
All nine stood together in the dock at Wolverhampton Crown Court while the public gallery was packed with friends and family – with dozens more locked outside.
Of the nine Edward Clayton, aged 19 and of Brookdale Drive in Penn, pleaded guilty to affray – using or threatening unlawful violence outside Uberra nightclub on July 8 last year.
Shannon Samuels, 19, of Overton Walk, Merry Hill; Declan Gibson, 20, of Waddens Brook Lane, Wednesfield; and Kieran Stubbs, 19, of Brantley Avenue, Finchfield, pleaded not guilty to affray.
Judane Brown, 19, and of Kingswood Gardens, Penn; Shanice Dowie, 20, of Strathfield Walk, Merry Hill, and Mr Kirwan’s brother Brooklen Kirwan, also 20, and of Darley Drive in Dunstall Hill, also pleaded not guilty.
The charges were not put to Nathan Anthony Hanson, 19, and of Enville Road in Warstones, or Luke Aubrey-Phillips, 10 of Pinfield Crescent, Warstones.
Their defence barrister Miss Kate Thomas told the court: “I intend to make an application to dismiss the indictment.”
The hearing to have the case dismissed against Hanson and Aubrey-Phillips will take place on November 1, the same day as a pre-trial review will be heard.
Brown and Clayton were given conditional bail, while the other seven were given unconditional bail.
An initial trial date has been set for May 27 next year and it is expected that Clayton will be sentenced after the trial takes place.