A Riverside woman accused of bludgeoning her boyfriend to death as he slept must stand trial for murder, a judge ruled Friday.

Teresa Louise Demar, 62, was arrested in March following a Riverside police investigation into the death of 55-year-old Artha Deal of Riverside.

At the end of a preliminary hearing, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Thomas Glasser found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on first-degree murder, as well as sentence-enhancing weapon and great bodily injury allegations.

The judge scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Oct. 26 at the Riverside Hall of Justice and left Demar’s bail set at $1 million. She’s being held at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to police, officers were called to the 9000 block of Hope Avenue about 7 a.m. March 31 to investigate reports of a deadly assault.

When the patrolmen entered the home, they found the victim dead in his bed, suffering from recently inflicted wounds, investigators said.

Homicide detectives determined that Deal had been struck over the head several times with a heavy object, though there was no mention of what kind.

A possible motive for the attack also was not disclosed.

Demar was questioned and arrested at the scene. She has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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