Brian Lefler, 30, faces 25 years to life if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Summer Stephan.
Vista Judge Harry Elias ruled after an all-day preliminary hearing that sufficient evidence was presented to order Lefler to stand trial on charges of murder, kidnapping for robbery, robbery, elder abuse and false imprisonment of an elder.
The judge set a readiness conference for June 18 and trial for July 9.
According to the prosecution, Lefler punched Barbara Novelich in the face while robbing the Tamarack Beach Resort in Carlsbad about 4:10 a.m. last Nov. 16.
Stephan alleges that Lefler pushed the victim to the ground and pulled her under a desk, demanding to know the location of the safe.
Lefler allegedly took $300, demanded the victim's car keys and got away in her car.
Novelich was treated at a local hospital for three facial fractures, but was not admitted. She was found dead on her houseboat in Oceanside the next day from acute cardiac complications stemming from her facial injuries, Stephan said.
Lefler -- who was on probation for theft and burglary convictions at the time -- was apprehended four days after the attack in Oceanside after a lengthy foot chase, police said.
Teachers in the Solana Beach School District, who have been without contracts for months, on Thursday pushed for new contracts, but the district is not backing down.
A Ramona man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing tip jars from a half-dozen Poway businesses.
People who take their pets to Del Mar's dog beach wanted to know who planted the incredible garden there.
Local first-responders who put their lives on the line to help victims of the deadly Montecito mudslides were back home Thursday.
A man accused of stabbing a woman to death near an Encanto Park made his first court appearance Thursday.
The San Diego Blood Bank Thursday solicited donations through the end of the month in honor of Father Joe Carroll, who will undergo surgery Feb. 1 due to complications with diabetes.
If you need ideas to help you keep that New Year's resolution going head to Santee for an active lifestyle expo and race this Saturday.
A new construction phase begins for the Mid-Coast Trolley. The Mid-Coast Trolley is an 11-mile extension of the San Diego Trolley Blue Line with service from Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego to UC San Diego and University City.