Trial ordered for Rand Huffman, who is accused of killing his ex-wife Martha Huffman

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.

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.

Neighbors told police they heard screaming and called 911. They also reportedly saw the suspect smack the victim's head with a red brick about four times. When officers arrived, they say he was on top of her, and he "had his knee in her throat."

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.

Police say the Huffmans' son was sleeping in the house during the attack and did not hear what was happening outside.

Several people turned out to honor his Martha Huffman, who they know as Marti, and support her son. They say she worked as a records clerk for the county's probation department. They told 10News Marti was strong, loving and helpful.

The supporters brought huge message boards to court from her memorial service held in the backyard of her Chula Vista home.

One message read: "Marti, we are better because you believed we could be."

Following a preliminary hearing Monday 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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