A provisional trial date has been set for a man accused of murdering 65-year-old June Fox-Roberts.
Luke Deeley, 25, is accused of killing Ms Fox-Roberts, who was found dead at her home in Llantwit Fardre, near Pontypridd, on Sunday, November 21.
Her body was discovered after police were called to an address in St Anne's Drive after being contacted by a concerned family member.
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The defendant, of Pontypridd, appeared via video link for a preliminary hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday where he spoke only to confirm his date of birth and address.
Prosecutor Gareth James said there are ongoing investigations being carried out by CSI teams in terms of enquiries at the scene. He said there are also investigations of a medical nature being undertaken.
Deeley, of no fixed abode, will require the aid of a Welsh interpreter during court proceedings.
Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke remanded the defendant in custody until his next court hearing on January 14.
A provisional trial date has been set for May 9 and a plea and trial preparation hearing has been set for March 17.
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