Jury decides man was sane when he chopped up his mother

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Bryan Chang

VISTA, Calif. — A man who chopped up his mother’s body in her Solana Beach home was deemed sane by a Vista courthouse jury Thursday.

Bryan Chang, 33, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his mother 60-year-old Sherry Chu Chang in Solana Beach. The defense claimed  Chang was insane at the time of the murder.

Chang faces life in prison without parole based on charges of murder, torture and murder for financial gain.

Her body was found January 25, 2010 at her home after she didn’t show up for work.

She suffered 75 separate wounds, including blows to her arm, back and scalp, delivered by a baseball bat or some other blunt force instrument, according to court testimony.

Chang was arrested two nights later at his home in Los Angeles.

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.


  • Pat

    I don’t believe in the death penalty but we have it in California . Please explain to me why this man is not receiving the death penalty? This crime involves torture and murder for financial gain. If he would do this to his mother what would he do to a stranger?

    • Sherry

      This was not financial gain. He is very mentally sick, and had been sick for years leading up to the crime. His mother did not take it seriously and thought it was just the drugs making him delusional. It is very unfortunate that the defense was not able to provide evidence to fit the law of Not Guilty By Insanity more likely than not.

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