David Folker has pleaded not guilty to murdering his girlfriend, Ann Marie Shirran.

During an arraignment Tuesday at Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John's, Folker also pleaded not guilty to interfering with human remains.

Shirran's decomposed body was discovered by campers on the Southern Shore in September 2010. She had been missing for six weeks.

Folker is the father of Shirran's son, who was just one year old at the time of her death.

Folker's trial is not expected to start until next year.