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Neighbor charged in 2003 Park La Brea triple murder

March 18, 2009 |  2:51 pm

Capping a six-year investigation, authorities have charged a neighbor in the 2003 triple murder of a woman, her 2-year-old son and his babysitter in the gated Park La Brea community.

Robin Kyu Cho, 50, was arrested Monday by the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery Homicide Division detectives and is slated to be arraigned this afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Authorities have not said what Cho's motive would be for the killing. Whoever committed the crimes managed to get through an elaborate security system that includes a network of television cameras.

Prosecutors allege that a combination of physical and circumstantial evidence connects Cho to the May 5. 2003 slayings of Chi Hyon Song, 30; her 2-year-old son, Hyun Woo Song; and the 56-year-old nanny, Eun Sik Min.  The three were discovered by Song’s mother, whose screams prompted neighbors to call police. Chi Hyon Song was the wife of Byung C. Song, a prominent Korean business community member and owner  of Talent Fashions, a garment district wholesale firm. He was questioned initially by police in the case.

The case was made more complex because Chi Hyon Song had told others her purse had gone missing. It was found later in a local church she attended.

Prosecutors said they have filed a special circumstance of multiple murders, making Cho eligible for the death penalty. The district attorney’s office will not decide whether to seek the death penalty or life without parole for Cho until his case moves closer to trial.

--Richard Winton