April Jones's parents Coral and Paul were both in court to listen to Mark Bridger's not guilty pleas for the five-year-old's abduction and murder.
Coral and Paul both wore pink - which was April's favourite colour.
Mold Crown Court has heard that Mark Bridger was 'probably responsible' for the death of April Jones. He has entered not guilty pleas to the charges he faces - of abduction, murder and perverting the course of justice.
Mr Bridger's defence barrister told the court his client's defence involves him 'conceding that he probably killed the child.'
The judge, Mr Justice Griffith-Williams said: 'That matter can be reported. You have indicated that the defendant's case is that he was probably responsible for the death of April.'
The judge ordered that no other evidence in the case can be reported.
Mark Bridger's trial for the abduction and murder of April Jones is expected to begin on 25 February.
April Jones' parents, Coral and Paul Jones, were at Mold Crown Court as Mark Bridger entered not guilty pleas.
Mark Bridger, who is from Machynlleth, is appearing in court wearing a navy sweatshirt, maroon shirt and has a goatee beard.
The man accused of the murder of Machynlleth schoolgirl April Jones has pleaded not guilty to the three charges he faces. Mark Bridger, who is 47, denied murder, abduction and perverting the course of justice at Mold Crown Court this morning.
Five-year-old April has not been seen since 1 October 2012. Police are continuing to search for her.
A man charged with the murder of missing school-girl April Jones is due to enter his plea in court later.
47-year-old Mark Bridger is also charged with her abduction. The five-year-old was last seen playing outside her home in Machynlleth in October. Police are still searching for her.