2 accused of beating an elderly man with a crowbar ordered to stand trial

SAN DIEGO -  A man and a 17-year-old boy accused of breaking into a Lake Murray home and beating an 81-year-old man over the head with a crow bar have been ordered to stand trial on multiple felony charges, including robbery, burglary and elder abuse.

Both Joshua Jett, 23, and Adam Donaldson, 17, face up to nine years in state prison if convicted. They will be back in Superior Court Jan. 30 for arraignment.

The home invasion occurred on Nov. 28 at a house on Harwell Drive near Boulder Lake Avenue.

During the preliminary hearing Tuesday, Tom Hoover told the court that the two men used a crowbar to break into his home and attack him.  

Hoover previously told 10News that the two broke his jaw and split open his scalp.

"There's a huge area on the back of my head where they opened it up with the tire iron," he said during an interview with 10News in December.

The pair dragged Hoover through the house, demanding money.

"They continued beating me and saying, 'Where's the money? We know you've got money in here. We've heard you've got money. Where is it? ... Let's get it,'" said Hoover.

Police caught the two men a short distance from the house. Though Donaldson is 17, he is being charged as an adult.

Hoover's wife died in October. They had lived in the Lake Murray house – surrounded by close friends – for 40 years.

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