The 23-year-old, from Maunsell Park, Station Hill, Three Bridges, is a former St Wilfrid's School pupil.
Hove Crown Court was told this morning that Palmer made no comment when interviewed by police.
A trial date has been set for July 21 and Palmer has been remanded in custody.
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Palmer, wearing a plain grey jumper, was not as emotional in this court hearing as he had been yesterday for his first hearing, when he had to fight back tears.
The court heard that there is lots of potential evidence for police to go through before the trial.
This includes mobile phone records, picture messages, CCTV evidence, pathological evidence and neuro-pathological evidence.
No plea was entered and this should happen at a plea and case management hearing, which has been set for March 31.
The Portuguese victim was found lying unconscious in a Three Bridges alleyway.
He had been sleeping rough, having only arrived in Britain last Wednesday in search of work.
He had wanted to return home, having not found any, but had no money to pay for a flight.
So he started sleeping rough - and had wanted to sleep at Crawley Open House that night, but was turned away as there were no spare beds.
Palmer was charged on Wednesday afternoon.
No details have yet been given as to why the victim is believed to have been attacked or how he was attacked.
The victim was 45, and from Lisbon in Portugal, where he had been living with his mother.
He was found with serious head injuries at 3.25am on Sunday (January 19) in an alleyway between Stephenson Way and Haslett Avenue East.
Two men aged 33 and 48 and a 22-year-old woman, all from Crawley, who were also arrested on Sunday, have been released on bail until March 12 while officers carry out further inquiries.
Police believe Mr Esteves was attacked along Haslett Avenue East cycle path, opposite Three Bridges Football Club, where two footpaths meet at a pedestrian crossing.
They have appealed again today for witnesses to come forward who may be able to shed light on exactly what happened in the lead up to Mr Esteves being found unconscious in the alleyway with serious head injuries.
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