Rashad Owens made an appearance before the judge Friday morning.
He is charged with two counts of capital murder and 24 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Four people were killed and many others injured when police say Owens plowed into a group of SXSW attendees in March of last year.
Police say Owens was intoxicated at the time.
Judge Cliff Brown told his attorney and the prosecutor to aim for a late fall trial date, possibly November.
Owens' attorney Rickey Jones says he will be prepared.
He then talked about his client's mental state.
"He's a lot more balanced now. He's able to talk to me, communicate with me and assist me in representing him," Jones said in court.