Mark Lindsay, who is 25, is charged with second-degree murder, offering an indignity to a body and obstruction of justice.
The body of Dana Turner, who was 31, was found in a field west of Innisfail in October 2011.
She had been reported missing from Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., about two months earlier.
Some of her relatives, including her mother Wendy Yurko, attended the first day of Lindsay's hearing in a Red Deer courtroom.
He is the son of former Edmonton police chief John Lindsay.
Five days have been set aside for the hearing between now and Feb. 1.
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