Jason Burnett 27,from Chatham who is a DJ is accused of stabbing to death Lesley Spearing in her home on Miers Court Road in Rainham.
Burnett appeared before magistrates in Medway magistrates court dressed in a grey prison issue sweat top.
No application was made for bail during the short hearing and the case was sent to Maidstone Crown Court.
Kent Police was called to a property in the Miers Court Road area of Rainham at 8.32pm on Thursday 10 October 2019.
Officers and the South East Coast Ambulance Service attended the scene where Lesley Spearing, 55 was declared deceased.
A post mortem examination revealed she died of a stab wound.
Burnett was arrested shortly after in Rainham High Street and detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate launched a murder investigation.
Burnett was remanded in custody to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday 14 October.