Son pleads not guilty to murdering Solana Beach woman
A man accused of killing his mother with a hammer and mutilating her body in her Solana Beach home pleaded not guilty Friday to murder.
Bryan Chenhua Chang, 28, allegedly killed 60-year-old Sherry Chu Chang, whose body was found Monday at her home on Santa Florencia near the San Elijo Lagoon.
A co-worker went to the victim’s residence after she failed to show up for work, then had deputies check the house.
On Friday, prosecutor Rachel Solov told Judge Joan Weber that the defendant cut off his mother’s right arm and part of her skull and put them in a refrigerator.
The mother and son may have had a disagreement over his financial support, Solov said.
Detectives said Chang may have used claw hammers in the killing, and a large serrated knife was found in the sink.
Bloody fingerprints on blinds in the home led authorities to the defendant, who was arrested at his Los Angeles home Wednesday night.
He is being held on $5 million bail and faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted.
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