A motion to dismiss charges against Steven Odegard has been denied by a Boston judge, gay weekly Bay Windows reported, clearing the way for the defendant's murder trial to proceed.

Police say Odegard killed 20-year-old Daniel Yakovleff, an openly gay hair stylist, in a brutal knife attack on January 17, 2008.

Officials found Yakovleff's remains inside the third-floor Tuttle Street apartment where Odegard, 41 at the time, was living. He was pronounced dead on the scene after suffering multiple and severe stab wounds.

On the morning of his death, Odegard placed the 911 call that brought police to his home but has remained silent about his involvement, saying only that he's innocent. Police say they believe the two men knew each other.

Defense attorney John Swomley's motion to dismiss claimed that the District Attorney had misrepresented evidence in the case, including DNA evidence. Judge Charles J. Hely disagreed and denied the motion.

Yakovleff, a recent transplant to Boston, was popular with his clients at the Liquid Hair Studio where he worked. An overflowing crowd attended a memorial in Ashford, Connecticut, Yakovleff's hometown, on January 22, 2008.