Belmont murder suspect likely heading to hospital rather than prison 

Tyler Hutchinson, the transient accused of beating to death an 88-year-old Belmont man during a residential burglary in 2009, will likely be headed to a state hospital rather than prison, San Mateo County prosecutors said Monday.

The “bizarre” 22-year-old Hutchinson was expected to be found not competent to stand trial for murder during a court proceeding scheduled for Monday morning, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Hutchinson has been charged in Belmont’s lone homicide of 2009. He is accused of fatally beating Albert Korn and stealing his Jaguar on June 2, 2009.

The city’s police chief called the hideous attack “one of the most disturbing things I’ve seen in my law enforcement career.”

Meanwhile, Hutchinson is facing additional charges in connection with an “unprovoked attack” on two correctional officers in his jail cell, Wagstaffe said.

In August, defense attorneys said they doubted Hutchinson’s competency to stand trial. In a courtroom outburst, Hutchinson tried to prove his attorneys wrong, but in doing so he instead strengthened their case, Wagstaffe said.

“The defendant spoke out and in his usual bizarre manner objected to his attorney’s motion,” prosecutors said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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