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Kelly Soo Park acquitted on all charges in 2008 death of aspiring model Juliana Redding

Kelly Soo Park was arrested for the 2008 murder of 21-year-old Juliana Redding on June 17, 2010. Prosecutors alleged that Park worked as "muscle" for a California doctor and businessman. She had been sent to intimidate Redding after the aspiring actress's father pulled out of a business deal. Park has pleaded not guilty. Her trial date has not yet been set. Santa Monica Police Department

Kelly Soo Park
Santa Monica Police Department
(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - A jury found Kelly Soo Park not guilty Tuesday of murder in the strangling of an aspiring model in California.

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The verdict in favor of Park prompted friends of victim Juliana Redding to scream and call Park a murderer in a Los Angeles courtroom.

Park had to be escorted out a back way.

Prosecutors, who had depicted Park as a "female James Bond" and hired killer, refused to comment after the acquittal. Her family and attorneys left the courthouse without comment.

The jury returned verdicts twice. The first time the panel found Park not guilty of first-degree murder. After hearing more arguments from lawyers, the panel deliberated further and came back with an acquittal on the lesser included offense of second-degree murder.

Redding was strangled in Santa Monica in 2008. Prosecutors alleged that Park strangled her with her bare hands and left overwhelming DNA evidence on the body and around the apartment.

They say a doctor who had dated Redding gave Park a six-figure payment to kill her after a business deal soured with Redding's father.

Defense attorneys say Park lacked the brutal, evil intent the crime required, and she wasn't there when Redding was killed.

Complete coverage of the Kelly Soo Park-Juliana Redding case on Crimesider

  • Crimesider Staff

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