Paul Beddoes, 44, appeared via video link at Stafford Crown Court this morning.
He is charged with the murder of the 46-year-old at an address in Mullinder Drive, Ketley Bank, between February 19 and 21.
During the brief hearing, he spoke only to confirm his name and nationality.
Ms McNally died of multiple stab wounds and was found at a property in Mullinder Drive last Wednesday.
Beddoes, also of Mullinder Drive, was told by Judge Michael Chambers QC that he will be asked to enter a plea at Stafford Crown Court on April 20.
He was remanded in custody.
The inquest opening today heard that police were alerted by a concerned neighbour. Ms McNally was found at the bottom of the stairs.
John Ellery, senior coroner for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, adjourned the hearing for criminal proceedings to take place.