The accused had argued that the State had delayed to set a trial date.
The State had set the trial on March 12 next year, a development contested by the accused.
However in his ruling, the magistrate indicated that the trials for murder cases are set by the High Court, adding that the State had no say in the delay of cases which will be tried at the High Court.
Magistrate Ndirowei said High Court cases are serious matters that require a lot of investigations.
Eight out of the 26 accused persons are in custody while others managed to secure bail at the High Court.
The 26 are facing charges of murdering a police officer, Inspector Petros Mutedza in Glen View following a politically motivated violence perpetrated by suspected MDC activists.