David Woods is expected back in court on Jan. 19.
Dorothy Woods, who was 45, had been last seen leaving her home in the early hours of Nov. 12.
Woods was a married mother of two and a popular member of the local roller derby community.
Her disappearance set off determined searches by friends and family, but her body wasn't found until Wednesday near Blackstrap Lake.
Many of those people sat quietly in court as her 49-year-old husband appeared via video.
“I don’t have a lot to say at this moment, but in the near future we’ll see where we can take it from here,” the dead woman's brother, Lawrence Carter, said outside the courthouse Monday.
Many friends say they didn't know much about David Woods and described him as a quiet man who kept to himself.
Another friend, Lorrie Rusnak, said if there were any problems in the marriage, Dorothy didn't talk about them.