Man accused of killing mother in Solana Beach and mutilating her body found incompetent to stand trial

By City News Service

A man accused of killing his mother and mutilating her body in her Solana Beach home more than two years ago is mentally incompetent to stand trial and will be sent to a state mental hospital, a judge ruled March 15.

Bryan Chang, 30, is charged with murder and special circumstance allegations of torture and murder for financial gain in the Jan. 25, 2010, death of Sherry Chu Chang.

Her body was found at the home on Santa Florencia, near San Elijo Lagoon, after she didn't show up for work. Her son was arrested at his home in Los Angeles two nights later.

After reviewing a doctor's report, Judge Frederick Maguire found that Chang didn't understand that charges against him and couldn't assist in his defense.

Chang will be treated a Patton State Hospital until his competency is restored, authorities said.

He was evaluated by doctors in San Diego twice before, once with a finding of incompetence and then competence.

Prosecutor Rachel Solov alleged the defendant cut off his mother's right arm and part of her skull and put them in a refrigerator. Claw hammers may have been used in the killing, according to authorities.

According to Solov, the two may have had a disagreement over money, and it was bloody fingerprints on blinds in the victim's home that led authorities to her son.

   
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