Kelly Soo Park, a real estate agent in her 40s who is held in the murder of Juliana Redding, a model and aspiring actress. Court documents allege that Park and her boyfriend had previously been hired to intimidate others on behalf of physician/businessman Munir Uwaydah.
A woman being prosecuted in the brutal 2008 murder of a model in Southern California had a history working as "muscle" to enforce the will of a wealthy doctor and businessman, newly released court documents allege.
Kelly Soo Park, who is accused of stalking and killing Juliana Redding, 21, in her Santa Monica apartment, "has a history of threatening and intimidating individuals who have an ongoing dispute with" Munir Uwaydah, according to documents cited by the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
The documents detail two cases in which Park and her boyfriend, Ronnie Case, were accused of working as "debt collectors" for Uwaydah, sending them to intimidate one man for payment on a $350,000 judgment and another, a bank manager, for withdrawing from a business deal.
Juliana Redding, a model and aspiring actress originally from Tucson, who was murdered in her upscale Santa Monica apartment in 2008.
Uwaydah, a surgeon from Marina Del Rey, has not been charged in Redding's death.
Prosecutors said he had dated Redding, a model and aspiring actress from Tucson, the Times reported. He had also been in talks with Redding’s father to launch a pharmaceutical business, but the deal fell apart days before her death, according to the report.
Redding was found beaten and strangled in her upscale Santa Monica apartment on March 18, 2008. Earlier reports said Redding had been calling 9-1-1 for help when the killer grabbed the phone and hung it up.
DNA evidence from the crime scene was traced to Park, according to testimony in secret grand jury proceedings reported on by the Times. Park has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder.
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