The Perth man accused of bludgeoning to death his respected academic mother and stepfather at their Tasmanian home is expected to enter pleas to two murder charges when he again appears in court in Hobart in two weeks.
Nicolau Francisco Soares, who is accused of murdering his mother, Del Weston, and her husband, Gavin Mooney, was remanded in custody when he made his second appearance in the Hobart Magistrate's Court toay.
Mr Soares, 27, is alleged to have murdered the two well-known academics last month after travelling from Fremantle to the secluded property where the couple had retired in Mountain River, about 40km south-west of Hobart.
The couple, who had severe head injuries, were found dead on December 20.
Professor Mooney, a health economist, was based at Curtin University from 2000 to 2008 before taking up a post at the University of Sydney.
Dr Weston gained her doctorate on the political economy of global warming from Curtin last year.
Mr Soares, who was represented by a lawyer from the Legal Aid Commission today, had his case adjourned for pleas to be entered on January 25.