$2M bail set for man accused of beating roommate to death
EL CAJON, Calif. — An East County man accused of fatally beating his 72-year-old roommate with a baseball bat or stick pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Michael Patrick O’Donnell, 56, was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bail.
O’Donnell was arrested Tuesday evening in connection with the death of Richard Hobbs of El Cajon.
About 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13, officers responded to a reported assault in the home the men shared in the 1000 block of Pine Drive and found Hobbs suffering from severe head injuries, according to police. Paramedics took him to a hospital, where he died, Lt. Frank La Haye said.
Authorities did not reveal a motive for the attack.
O’Donnell will be back in court Oct. 28 for a readiness conference and Nov. 5 for a preliminary hearing.
He faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted.