Janet Dunn, 72, is alleged to have murdered Anthony Dunn, 81, and appeared at Newcastle Crown Court this morning (Monday).
She was not asked to enter a plea at the short hearing.
A trial date has been set for September 12 and there will be a further hearing on April 19.
Judge Rodney Jameson QC told Dunn: "I will set a date for the plea and trial preparation hearing on April 19.
"I will set a date for the trial of September 12, with an estimate of five days."
Police had been called to Beech Court in Darras Hall on last Tuesday evening, following a report of concern for the welfare of a man.
When emergency services arrived they found Mr Dunn, who was confirmed dead at the scene.
No bail application was made and Dunn was remanded in custody.