Belmont murder suspect charged with attacking guards

The “bizarre” 22-year-old man accused in the brutal beating death of an 88-year-old Belmont man is now facing additional charges for assaulting correctional officers in his jail cell, authorities said.

Tyler Hutchinson, a transient, is facing the death penalty for the only murder in Belmont last year, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Hutchinson is accused of fatally beating Albert Korn and stealing his Jaguar during a residential burglary. 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, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The alleged attack occurred Aug. 4, Wagstaffe said.

In both cases, court-appointed doctors are to evaluate Hutchinson’s competency to stand trial, he said.

During a court appearance involving the murder case, defense attorneys said they doubted Hutchinson’s competency. In a courtroom outburst, Hutchinson tried to prove his attorney’s wrong, but in doing so he instead strengthened their case.

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

Hutchinson remains in custody on no-bail status.

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