A Thornlie man accused of murdering a 63-year-old man whose body was found inside a Geraldton house that had been gutted by fire is set to stand trial. Brandon Wayne Hutton appeared in the Supreme Court on Monday where he pleaded not guilty to killing Garry John Backshall on June 29 last year. However, the 39-year-old did plead guilty to causing the fire that destroyed the Karloo house. Mr Backshall’s body was found by emergency services after they attended the Aaron Close property to put out the blaze. Neighbours had reported seeing smoke billowing from the house just after 7am. During his brief appearance today, Mr Hutton only spoke to confirm his name and to enter his pleas. His lawyer Simon Watters told the court provisional trial dates had been set from April 4 to 14 but both parties hoped to be in a better position to advise on the length of trial next month. The court was also told the trial would be held in Perth. Mr Hutton is expected to appear again in October.