Christopher Graham confirmed only his name, age and address, as he stood before the bench at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court today.
The 30-year-old from Romney Avenue in Washington has been charged with the murder of Simon Bowman.
The 54-year-old's body was found his home in High Street, Jarrow on Tuesday.
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Chair of the bench Ray Ashley informed Graham, that due to the serious nature of the charge the case would automatically be transferred to Newcastle Crown Court .
He added: "You will be remanded in custody to the crown court."
Graham will appeal at crown court on Monday