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Kelly Soo Park Acquitted On Santa Monica Murder Charges

Kelly Soo Park has been acquitted on charges relating to the murder of Juliana Redding in Santa Monica in March 2008.
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Kelly Soo Park has been acquitted on charges relating to the murder of Juliana Redding in Santa Monica in March 2008.

Posted Jun. 4, 2013, 12:02 pm

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Kelly Soo Park, the woman accused of strangling an aspiring model to death in Santa Monica in 2008, has been found not guilty of both first- and second-degree murder after a week of jury deliberations.

According to reports, the jury acquitted the 47-year-old earlier this morning on both charges in the Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles.

The jury first returned a not guilty verdict on first-degree murder at 9:30 am, but Judge Kathleen Kennedy gave the prosecution and defense 10 minutes each to make additional arguments to the jury on the issue of second-degree murder.

Jurors returned a not-guilty verdict on the lesser charge less than an hour later at 11 am, according to CBS News.

Redding’s body was discovered in her Santa Monica apartment on the 1500 block of Centinela in March 2008.

Prosecutors alleged that Park entered Redding’s apartment and physically assaulted her, causing her death.

During the trial, prosecutors argued that Redding previously dated Park’s boss, Dr. Munir Uwaydah, and he was close to launching a pharmaceutical business with Redding’s father, but the father backed out of the deal.

It was alleged that Park acted as a type of enforcer, using threats, intimidation and bullying on behalf of Dr. Uwaydah.

Dr. Uwaydah is believed to be living in Lebanon and was never charged in the case.

Related: Opening Statements Heard In Kelly Soo Park Trial For 2008 Model Murder Case

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Jun. 4, 2013, 12:16:52 pm

Patricia Shelton said...

Since OJ's escape from justice I had not come across another jury hell bent on acquitting someone that is obviously guilty until now. Wow, no sane person could have bought the crap the defense was selling - EXCEPT for the only 12 people in the world who would believe it. Tell them that I have ocean front property in Arizona to sell them. Some are such fools to believe anything and everything.

Jun. 4, 2013, 12:41:25 pm

Anon said...

You seem to be that fool Patricia..

Jun. 4, 2013, 5:46:33 pm

TARA said...

I agree with Patricia....what idiots would find Kelly Soo Park innocent when her DNA was all over the place and on Julianna's throat? Proves that if you want to commit a murder, do it in LA. What a travesty of justice and how painful for the victim's family.

Jun. 6, 2013, 12:21:57 am

Team J said...

Former Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson, who was the initial prosecutor assigned to the case, had this to say about the verdict (he nailed it!) : "As a former deputy DA who prosecuted Kelly Soo Park from the beginning, I am intimately familiar with the facts and evidence in this case. I am appalled by yesterday's verdict. My first priority was always to seek justice for Juliana's memory and for her family. With yesterday's tragic verdict, it feels like the Redding family lost their daughter all over again. I am heartsick at the grief they must be enduring, and I grieve along with them. After 18 years as deputy DA, I can tell you this: good prosecutors and cops toil every day to see to it that the justice system works. But it's a human system, and sometimes it falters. Yesterday, when Kelly Soo Park walked out of that courtroom, the system failed Juliana, failed her family, and failed us. The Redding family, God willing, will heal. But Park will forever have to live with the knowledge of what she did, and with her conscience--if she has one."

Jun. 8, 2013, 9:34:48 am

Logan5 said...

A clear screw up by the prosecution.

Jun. 8, 2013, 9:36:20 am

Logan5 said...

If Alan Jackson were still the prosecutor, this woman would be on her way to prison.

Nov. 24, 2013, 5:05:33 am

Nicki said...

Why would the original prosecuter not see the case through? How was this case lost!? There should be an investigation. The defense attorneys should be ashamed of themselves and I'd be embarrassed to call them family or friend. It's not the last we've heard of KSP or the Dr. My sincere condolences to the Redding family.

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