DOWNTOWN — A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered two Arizona men to stand trial for the attempted murder of a Santa Monica resident who was brutally beaten while working out on Santa Monica Boulevard.

Brett Davis, 25, and Bryan Scott Hale, 24, were held to answer on the attempted murder charge Wednesday and are being held on $1 million bail, said Jane Robison, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

“It means [the] judge [found] that there’s enough evidence to hold them for trial,” Robison said of the hearing.

The pair is expected to once again enter not guilty pleas when they are formally arraigned on May 1.

Prosecutors said Davis and Hale planned to kill Richard Jordan when they attacked him in the early morning hours of Sept. 22, 2011. Authorities believe the two men attacked Jordan, a movie producer, from behind as he was exercising with weights on the 3100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. Jordan suffered a collapsed skull, several brain bleeds, a broken jaw and neck and back fractures.

Authorities said Davis and Hale used weights Jordan had with him during the attack.

The pair was arrested in October by deputies with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, who were acting on information provided by the Santa Monica Police Department.

The two fought their extradition to Los Angeles County, forcing prosecutors to seek a governor’s warrant, which was ultimately granted.

Hale and Davis were said to be in the Los Angeles area working for a moving company at the time of the attack.

kevinh@smdp.com

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