Tyler James Hutchinson Will Not Face Death Penalty

Judge will set a jury trial date on Friday for the man accused in the beating death of a Belmont resident in 2009.


The in 2009 will not face the death penalty, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Earlier this month prosecution and the defense met to discuss whether or not the death penalty would be sought in the case of . Alfred Giannini is the deputy district attorney prosecuting the case; Hutchinson's court-appointed defense attorneys are James Thompson and Richard Keyes.

On April 11, 2012 , 24, testified in San Mateo County Superior Court that the defendant had a troubled youth and possible mental illness.

This is a three-strikes, life without parole case. Previously, Hutchinson was convicted by a jury in Yolo County for a residential burglary and was also on probation for battery and making criminal threats on a victim at the San Mateo Caltrain station. 

On June 2, 2009, Hutchinson, a transient, on Hallmark Drive in Belmont, robbed and beat him and then drove away in Korn's 2004 Jaguar. He was caught two days later in West Sacramento while committing a residential burglary.

Korn died of his injuries on June 17, 2009.

San Mateo Superior Court Judge Mark Forcum will file the prosecution's decision not to pursue the death penalty on Friday morning. He will also set a jury trial and pretrial date.

Jeff October 11, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I know it doesnt make it right. And the loss of life is permanent, but I know for a fact that Tyler Hutchinson had a very troubled upbringing. The fact that he wasnt accepted by his white grandparents is true and very sad. I know his mother and she is complete mess from all of this. His father wasnt in the picture much and both of his parents drank alot. Not blaming the parents, everyone has demons they fight. I too suffer from a mental disorder called bi-polar. NO ONE except a person with a mental disorder can understand the difficulties and pure hell that one goes through with this illness. My heart goes out to the family of the victim, as well as to Tylers. This is sad for both familys and I pray for both of them. A sad turn of events for such a troubled youth.
JJ December 23, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I dont know who you are JEFF but you are a complete IDIOT, his White Grandparents Loved Him and basically raised him all along provided all his needs, Food, Clothes, Toys, Money a place to sleep when his mother locked him out at night so get your facts straight before openning your STUPID MOUTH.......
Dianna Thomas January 20, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Dear Jeff, I don't know you neither do I know Tylers white grandparents, yet I do know his father because I too have a son by him. I have only met his mother once or twice, but I do know that she is only a mess because she fail as a Mother. I had to get my son away from his father because he was a cruel man. As for the drinking, J. C. worked for a trucking company and never drank alot. I don't know where that came from. This I do know. As for his Grandparents, my heart goes out to them. Because J. C. was in Tylers life, I know he kept Tyler because I let my child go to visit them, and my son who was 10 at the time has to babysit Tyler while his father worked. So you cannot say that his father was not in the picture. he was very much in the picture. My son looked for Tyler for a long time he even called his father, and his father hung up in his face because he asked about Tyler, so there is alot that neither one of you know. I don't blame the mother, because at one time I was in her shoes, I know what she went through with this man, when I saw her I should have pulled her aside and told her what she was getting herself into, the beatings, the verbal abuse, maybe she had to get away from him to save herself, but the one mistake was leaving Tyler to face a monster like J.C. Hutchinson. I got out and took my child with me, I will pray for everyone involved in this matter, and please pray for me and my son . Dianna Diann


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