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Kelly Soo Park found not guilty of first-degree murder in death of aspiring model Juliana Redding

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 15, 2013 file photo, Kelly Soo Park looks back at the audience as opening motions are made in her murder trial. Park is charged with the 2008 killing of aspiring model and actress Juliana Redding. A judge has refused to accept a jury's verdict in the trial of a woman accused of strangling an aspiring model after the jury foreman said two jurors were not following legal instructions. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy told the jury to return Tuesday for further proceedings in the trial of Kelly Soo Park, who was described by prosecutors as a hired killer, "a female James Bond." (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool) Bob Chamberlin

Kelly Soo Park looks back at spectators as opening motions are made in her murder trial, May 15, 2013.
AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool
(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Kelly Soo Park, a woman accused of strangling an aspiring model in Santa Monica, has been found not guilty of first-degree murder - but her trial is not over because the Los Angeles jury will decide separately on the lesser charge of second-degree murder. 

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The partial verdict in the trial of 47-year-old Kelly Soo Park was read Tuesday in Superior Court, a day after the jury asked for clarification of the difference between first- and second-degree murder.

Judge Kathleen Kennedy allowed further argument by both sides and the jury has resumed deliberations.

Park is charged with killing 21-year-old Juliana Redding in 2008.

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

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