A Ballarat man charged with murdering a 72-year-old relative in Wendouree last November will be assessed to determine whether he is fit to plead.
Shane Gannon, 37, appeared briefly before the Ballarat Magistrates' Court on Thursday morning via videolink.
His lawyer, David Taminika, requested the matter be adjourned for further committal mention to allow time for his client to be assessed by a psychiatrist.
Mr Taminika told the court his client had a long history of mental illness, with the assessment due to establish Gannon's fitness to plead.
He said the report would then determine what would occur at the next court date.
Gannon faces one count of murder.
The alleged murder took place at a property in Langstaffe Drive, Wendouree in the early hours of November 2.
The 72-year-old victim, who died at the scene, was found with stab wounds.