Former lifeguard Mark Bridger pleaded not guilty at Mold Crown Court to the abduction and murder of five-year-old April Jones, who went missing in Wales last year.
Bridger, of Mount Pleasant farmhouse in the village of Ceinws, near Machynlleth, will stand trial later this year.
April was last seen playing out on her bike on the evening of October 1 and Bridger was arrested the following day, but the search for April's body goes on.
The five-year-old's parents Coral and Paul Jones were in the court as Bridger, 46, entered not guilty pleas.
The Machynlleth community came together in prayer in an emotionally charged service in honour of missing April Jones.
Mark Bridger has been charged with the abduction and murder of missing 5-year-old April Jones.