The man accused of sexually violating and killing a 69-year-old woman in her west Auckland home, will face trial in November.
The body of Cun Xiu Tian was found by family members in her Te Atatu home in January.
Police said she had endured a brutal and prolonged assault.
Jaden Lee Stroobant, 19, appeared at the High Court in Auckland today. He faces one charge of murder and two of sexual violation.
His lawyer entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.
A 43-year-old woman, charged with being an accessory to burglary, has also appeared in court.