Murder trial ordered for man accused of beating ex-wife with brick

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A San Gabriel man accused of beating his ex-wife to death in her Chula Vista home earlier this year must stand trial on murder and other charges, a judge ruled Monday.

Rand Eugene Huffman, 64, is charged in the death of 63-year-old Martha Huffman, who was hospitalized Feb. 26 after being beaten in the head with a brick. She died April 13.

The day of the incident, neighbors reported hearing screams and seeing a man dragging a woman behind the victim’s home on Twin Oaks Circle.

Authorities said the Huffmans divorced more than 30 years ago and had a son who lived with the victim.

The son had rekindled a relationship with his father but the two had a recent dispute over a property deal and the son had taken out a restraining order against the older man, police said.

Following a preliminary hearing today at the South Bay Courthouse, Judge Stephanie Sontag found enough evidence was presented for the defendant to stand trial for murder, kidnapping and a misdemeanor charge of violating a restraining order. Huffman faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

A Superior Court arraignment was set for Sept. 10.

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