Testimony expected to begin in trial of man accused of killing his mother in Solana Beach

By City News Service

Questionnaires were returned earlier this week by potential jurors who could be selected for the trial of a man accused of killing his mother and chopping up her body in her Solana Beach home after she ended his access to her money.

Jury selection was scheduled to continue this week and testimony was expected to begin in Vista for the trial of Bryan Chang, 33, who faces life in prison without parole if convicted of murder and special circumstances of torture and murder for financial gain in the January 2010 death of Sherry Chu Chang, 60. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

The victim’s body was found Jan. 25, 2010, at her home after she didn’t show up for work. Her son was arrested two nights later at his home in Los Angeles.

Sherry Chu Chang suffered 75 separate wounds, including blows to her arm, back and scalp, delivered by either a claw hammer, baseball bat or some other blunt-force instrument, according to previous court testimony.

At a preliminary hearing in 2012, defense attorney Kathleen Cannon said her client smashed his mother’s skull, then cut up her body, putting an arm and some broken bones in the refrigerator.

Deputy District Attorney Rachel Solov said the victim had made changes to her accounts so that her son couldn’t get access to them through credit cards or other means.

Her credit card was used after she was killed, and $2,000 was taken from her purse, according to court testimony.