A man accused of hammering his mother to death and cutting her body into pieces is set to be in court Tuesday, October 30. At this hearing, attorneys are expected to set a date for a preliminary hearing, in mid-November.
Bryan Chang was first brought into San Diego Superior Court in January 2010, for allegedly killing his mother in her Solana Beach home.
Sixty-year-old Sherry Chang’s body was found in a downstairs bathroom of her home after she failed to show up for work Monday morning January 25, according to a prosecutor. Her son, then 29 years old, was arrested at his Los Angeles apartment the following Wednesday. He had bruises all over his body, the prosecutor said.
The victim’s body was missing her right arm and the back of her skull, and these parts were later found in a refrigerator in the same home. Bloody knives were found in a sink and dishwasher in that home, prosecutor Rachel Solov said.
Investigators believe the attack began in an upstairs room, where they found blood and brain matter, as well as a bloody fingerprint. Blunt force trauma to the victim, including facial fractures and broken ribs, is consistent with use of a claw hammer, according to prosecutor Solov.
Bryan Chang and his mother were having disagreement about his financial support, and the son especially wanted his mother to buy him a new car, prosecutor Solov said. The son had reported his old car stolen. Bryan Chang previously worked in the computer field but had not worked for 18 months prior to the attack, according to the prosecutor.
Records showed Bryan C Chang listed as the owner of the home in which his mother lived and where her body was found, in the 900 block of Santa Florencia in Solana Beach, at the time of the incident. The home was valued at $1,033,240 on the San Diego County tax collector’s website, at the time.
Bryan Chang attempted to use his mother’s credit cards around the same timeframe as the murder, but was unsuccessful because he did not have the correct access PIN, according to the prosecutor.
Bryan Chang, now 31, has had multiple mental competency hearings over the years since his mother’s death in January 2010.
At a court hearing in February 2010, defendant Chang shouted at the courtroom’s bailiff, accusing the Sheriff’s deputy of having an “anger problem.” The bailiff had brought Chang into court and directed the defendant to “have a seat,” and the bailiff had raised his voice when Chang ignored him.