Thomas Fisher, 22, of no fixed address, has also been charged with fraud, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.
Fiona Fisher, 51, was found dead at her home in Lordswll Lane on Friday evening when officers attended the property after her family and friends couldn’t get hold of her.
Fiona died from a single stab wound to the chest.
There was a preliminary hearing at Hove Trial Centre on Tuesday.
The accused, who remains in custody, was able to watch and listen to the court proceedings via video link. He did not enter pleas to any of the charges.
The case will next be heard in court on 17th July.
The judge set the trial for September.
Fiona Fisher worked as a manager at L’Occitane in Tunbridge Wells. Her family have said she is irreplaceable:
Fiona will be sadly missed by her daughter Megan, her mother Dorothy and stepfather Les, as well as her father. There are no words to explain the love those around her felt for her, she is irreplaceable.
At this time we would please hope that everyone could respect our privacy and allow her friends and family to grieve.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team Mike Ashcroft today made a fresh appeal for information:
Our thoughts at this time are with those who knew Fiona Fisher.
We are still investigating the circumstances and anyone who has any information which might be able to help are asked to make contact with us.
Anyone with information should contact Sussex Police online or ring 101 quoting Operation Stonegate.