A woman has been freed on bail after a magistrate determined she won't stand trial for the murder of a Victorian father.
Magistrate Olivia Trumble on Thursday dismissed charges of murder and false imprisonment against Olivia McOrmond, 47, over the October 2017 death of 38-year-old Jade Goodwin.
Mr Goodwin's body was discovered in a shallow grave at Tyabb on the Mornington Peninsula on October 22, a week after he died at Hastings.
Prosecutors instead moved to have McOrmond charged with assisting offenders, and Ms Trumble committed her to stand trial on that charge.
McOrmond flashed a smile as the decision was handed down, and turned to comfort her friend Natalie Dalton, 37, who was committed to stand trial for Mr Goodwin's murder.
Both women will face the Supreme Court later this month alongside co-accused Brendan McDowall, 52, and Shane Heiberg, 35, who were committed for murder last month.
Dalton's lawyers sought to have her charges downgraded because she admitted helping dispose of Mr Goodwin's body, but Ms Trumble said she was satisfied there was enough evidence to commit for murder.
It's alleged Dalton arranged for McDowall and Heiberg to go to McOrmond's home to remove Mr Goodwin who had been living there but was no longer welcome.
Prosecutors said she did so understanding that Mr Goodwin would be seriously injured, backed by claims in her police interview that she expected Mr Goodwin would "cop a beating" and that he deserved one.
It's alleged he died after a "protracted assault" at the hands of McDowall and Heiberg.
A forensic examiner was unable to determine Mr Goodwin's cause of death, but said ligatures were found around his neck.
It had been alleged that a text message sent by McOrmond to Dalton claiming Mr Goodwin would be "gone soon" could be inferred as meaning he would die soon.
But Ms Trumble said that argument invited speculation and there was no evidence to support it meant anything more than he would be gone from her house.
The new charge against McOrmond alleges she provided linen used in the disposal of Mr Goodwin's body and that she cleaned up broken glass.
Ms Trumble agreed to release McOrmond on bail given the lack of strength in the prosecution case and the fact she has already served 84 days in custody.
With a trial not expected until the second half of 2019, she also noted that any sentence McOrmond could receive if convicted may be less than the time she'd spend in custody by then.