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* Tyler Hutchinson Could face Death Penalty For The Fatal Beating Of An 88-Year-Old Man In His Home

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A 21-year-old man could face the death penalty in San Mateo County Superior Court after an elderly man the suspect allegedly assaulted and robbed earlier this month died Wednesday, an assistant district attorney said today.Tyler Hutchinson, a transient, was identified as the suspect last week in the assault and robbery of an 88-year-old man at his Belmont home June 2, according to police.Hutchinson has been in custody in Yolo County on separate charges, but following the victim’s death, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges including murder against Hutchinson, Assistant District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.Three counts, each with special allegations or circumstances, were filed against Hutchinson on Wednesday afternoon and a no-bail warrant was issued for his arrest, according to Guidotti.Guidotti did not know when San Mateo County will assume custody of Hutchinson. She said Yolo County authorities will either relinquish Hutchinson to San Mateo County, or San Mateo County will wait until Hutchinson’s legal issues are resolved in Yolo County.In San Mateo County, Hutchinson faces one count of murder with two special circumstances of murder in the commission of a robbery and murder in the commission of a burglary – charges that can carry the death penalty or life in prison without parole, Guidotti said.He also faces one count of robbery with the special allegation of causing great bodily injury, and one count of residential burglary with the special allegation of causing great bodily injury, according to Guidotti.The attack happened around 3:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Hallmark Drive, police said. The suspect allegedly fled in the victim’s gray, four-door 2004 Jaguar, which was later recovered on Carlmont Drive.Belmont Police Chief Don Mattei said in a prepared statement, “The thoughts and prayers of this community are still with the victim’s family. Though this is no time for celebration, our investigators should be commended for their tireless work on this case.”Belmont police and the San Mateo County coroner’s office have not released the victim’s name.

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