SKorean Stepmother on Trial After Fatally Beating 8-year-old
Author: Steve Han
Posted: April 8th, 2014
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Image: The Daegu District courthouse, via Yonhap.

A stepmother in South Korea is facing up to 20 years in prison after allegedly beating her younger stepdaughter, who later died of her injuries, according to a report in the JoongAng Daily. The woman is also being accused of forcing her older stepdaughter to give a false confession about the incident.

Only identified by her last name Lim, the 35-year-old stepmother allegedly made her 8-year-old stepdaughter stand against a wall and beat her fatally with her fists and kicked her on two instances last year on Aug. 18. The girl reportedly lost consciousness after the second beating and was sent to the hospital, but died two days later due to a ruptured intestine and peritonitis.

Lim then allegedly coerced the older stepdaughter, last named Kim, to testify to the police that it was she who kicked and killed her younger sister. Kim, 12, later told an official at her foster care center that she gave a false confession because she was afraid of Lim.

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NSA Agent Charged With Beating Death of Adopted Korean Toddler
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Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: February 19th, 2014
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Prosecutors in Maryland charged a high-ranking agent with the National Security Agency with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a 3-year-old special needs toddler adopted from South Korea just months earlier, according to the Washington Post.

Brian O’Callaghan, 36, is accused of repeatedly striking Hyunsu O’Callaghan’s head, neck and back and inflicting damage which caused the boy’s death two days later, according to prosecutors.

“An absolutely horrific crime on an absolutely innocent young victim,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Donna Fenton, according to the Post. “Basically this child was beaten to death from head to toe.” Continue Reading »

Guilty Verdict in Dallas Dog Poop Revenge Trial
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Posted: January 9th, 2014
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A 76-year-old Dallas man was found guilty on Thursday of killing two neighbors in a long dispute over dog droppings.

A jury in Dallas County Court took three hours to reach the verdict, which resulted in an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole, according to CultureMap Dallas.

Chung Kim, a Korean immigrant, was accused of shooting Michelle Jackson and her fiancé Jamie Stafford, both 31, at a North Dallas condo complex in early February. Kim told authorities his neighbors regularly hosed down their patio which caused their dog’s urine and feces to stream down onto his own patio. Continue Reading »

K-Pop Star’s Father, Grandparents Found Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide
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Posted: January 7th, 2014
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The father and grandparents of K-pop boy band Super Junior leader Park Jeong-su, better known by his stage name Leeteuk, were found dead in a suspected murder-suicide, police said.

Park’s cousin, who lived with the star’s father and grandparents in Seoul, discovered the bodies in a bedroom on Monday morning, according to Seoul Sinmun. The bodies of Park’s grandparents were found in bed while the body of his father was found hanging from a rope.

SM Entertainment, which represents Super Junior, initially issued a statement that said Park’s father and grandparents had died in a car accident, but it was later revealed that they were found dead in their home. Suspicion stemming from SM Entertainment’s false report later led to the revelation that the three had actually died in a suspected murder-suicide, according to Sports Seoul. Continue Reading »

Suspect Indicted in Stabbing Double Murder of Atlanta Area Couple
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Posted: October 25th, 2013
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Ki Song Kim.

A Georgia man was indicted by a grand jury in connection with the fatal double-murder stabbing of a married couple who owned a restaurant supply company.

Ki Song Kim, 45, was arrested in late July with stabbing to death 63-year-old Young Chan Choi and his 59-year-old wife, Sun Hee Choi at their home in Duluth, a suburb of Atlanta. Authorities at first believed Kim may have intended to rob the couple who owned Best Supply in Norcross, where Kim worked.

A Gwinnett County grand jury indicted Kim on two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder, four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated battery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, the Gwinnett Daily Post reported. No robbery charges were handed down by the grand jury. Continue Reading »

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