Murder suspect Nila Sue "Nikki" Sechrist, 20, made an appearance in the 266th Judicial District Court Monday.

While the stage was set for the state and Sechrist's court-appointed defense attorney, Alan Nash, to enter pretrial motions, District Attorney Jason Cashon said no motions were heard Monday.

In June, an Erath County grand jury indicted Sechrist on two first-degree felonies, murder and aggravated robbery, in the Jan. 30, 2007 beating death of Jana Roberson.

Sechrist was the girlfriend of Jana's adopted son, Cody, who was sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder in 2007. He committed suicide in prison in April.

In regard to the pending trial, Cashon said Sechrist's tentative court date has been set for next week, but the trial will not take place in the immediate future.

"There is no real chance of the case going to trial next week," Cashon said. "I expect to take the case to trial in the fall."