Adris Mohammed, 44, is accused of murdering 78-year-old David Varlow.
Mr Varlow was found dead at his home in Manor Lane, Halesowen, on November 15.
Mohammed is charged with murder, fraud, attempted burglary at Mr Varlow’s home on October 24 and aggravated burglary on November 3.
Mohammed, of Icknield Port Road, Birmingham, did not enter a plea during a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday.
He is set to enter pleas to the charges on January 17 next year.