The man accused of killing a woman in a speedboat accident on the River Thames while they were on a date is set to go on trial next year.
Charlotte Brown, 24, known as Charli, died in hospital after she and Mr Shepherd ended up in the river.
Police had been called to reports of someone in distress near Wandsworth Bridge at around 11.45pm on December 8 2015.
The charge alleges that he unlawfully killed Miss Brown at Butlers Wharf, Wandsworth.
The defendant, who is on unconditional bail, did not enter a plea during a hearing before Judge Rebecca Poulet QC.
Dressed in a dark suit, he spoke only to confirm his identity, date of birth and British nationality.
Mr Shepherd, who previously lived in Bristol, is due to face a three-week trial at the Old Bailey on July 2, 2018.
A further plea and case management hearing was fixed for January 19, 2018.
Miss Brown, a business development consultant from London, was described as "caring and fun-loving" by her family.
Members of her family sat in court for the brief hearing.
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