Belmont man accused in brutal homicide, car theft set to stand trial 

Opening statements are set to begin Thursday in the trial of a transient accused of beating to death an 88-year-old Belmont man during a residential burglary three years ago.

On Tuesday, a jury was finalized in the case against Tyler Hutchinson, 24, who is accused of fatally beating Albert Korn and stealing his Jaguar in what was Belmont’s lone homicide in 2009.

At the time, Belmont’s police chief called the homicide “one of the most disturbing things I’ve seen in my law enforcement career.”

In April, Hutchinson was sent to Napa State Hospital after being deemed mentally unfit for trial. He was later found competent and remains in custody on no-bail status.

According to prosecutors, Hutchinson entered Korn’s home on Hallmark Drive, robbed and beat him, then drove off in his 2004 Jaguar. Two days later in West Sacramento, he was arrested and later convicted in connection with another residential burglary.

On the day of the 2009 killing, prosecutors added, Hutchinson was already on probation for attacking someone at the San Mateo Caltrain station. And he was accused of launching an “unprovoked attack” on two correctional officers while in jail.

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