OMAHA, Neb. — A 25-year-old man will stand trial in the beating death last year of another man just north of downtown Omaha.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Marquez Sanders was ordered to stand trial Friday in Douglas County District Court on a charge of second-degree murder in the September 2016 death of 29-year-old Ernesto Saavedra.

Police Officer Brian Hayes testified at Friday’s preliminary hearing that Saavedra died of blunt-force trauma to the head. Hayes said a witness told police he saw a man he later identified as Sanders punch Saavedra, toss him to the ground, punch and kick him again, then strike him in the head with a rock or brick.

A trial date for the case will be set later.

Information from: Omaha World-Herald,

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