Former lifeguard Mark Bridger accused of the abduction and murder of five-year-old April Jones appeared in court via a video link today.
Mr Bridger was also accused of unlawfully disposing of and concealing her body with intent to pervert the course of justice at Caernarfon Crown Court, north Wales.
During the 20-minute hearing Mr Bridger spoke to confirm he understood the charges and confirm his name.
The court also heard that the prosecution had been given notice of Mr Bridger's "likely defence" which had been taken in interviews.
Mr Justice Griffith-Williams also said any decision about where any future trial would be held would be made after consultation with the victim's family.
The court heard that some of the witnesses in the case are as young as seven years old.
The case was adjourned until January 11 while investigations continue, the court was told. He was remanded into custody and no application for bail was made.
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