A man accused of killing 83-year-old Peter Wrighton has appeared at Norwich Crown Court today.
Alexander Palmer, 23, of Cringleford, appeared via video link from HMP Norwich this morning and was remanded in custody for a plea and case management hearing on September 12.
A trial date was provisionally set for February 12, 2018.
Palmer is charged with the murder of Mr Wrighton, of Banham, who was found dead in woodland near East Harling.
A Home Office post mortem examination found he was repeatedly stabbed in the neck and head.
More than a dozen people attended the four minute hearing before Judge Stephen Holt.
Palmer, who served in the British Army from September 2010 to November 2015, spoke only to confirm his identity.