Suspect charged in beating death arraigned

Brandon Hoffman, 28, was arraigned Monday on aggravated murder. / Lucas County jail

The man accused of beating 47-year-old Scott Holzhauer to death on Saturday night was arraigned in Toledo Municipal Court Monday on aggravated murder.

Police say Brandon Hoffman, 28, hit Holzhauer over and over in the head and face with a blunt object while attempting to rob him. Holzahauer was discovered deceased at his home on the 800 block of Lorain Street.

Detectives first thought the death was a suicide, but quickly determined he perished from physical trauma during their investigation. Following tips from neighbors, police questioned and arrested Hoffman on Sunday.

A candlelight vigil for Holzhauer will held on Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Lorain Street near Broadway.

Hoffman's bond was set at $1 million and the judge set a hearing for Dec. 5.