A 58-year-old man has appeared in court accused of bludgeoning his adopted son to death with a scaffolding pole.
Colin McSweeny, of Thornton Heath, near Croydon is charged with murdering 24-year-old Shaun McSweeny on 21 November.
His body was found by police in the boot of a car near the River Thames in south London the following morning.
He had suffered serious head injuries.
Police were acting on a call received just before 3am about a man apparently trying to put a body in the river at Deptford Wharf.
Colin McSweeny, a retired fireman, spoke only to confirm his name when he appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from prison.
A plea and case management hearing has been set for February 10 next year.
The trial, which is expected to take up to 10 days, will be held the following June.