Alleged payments investigated in the case aspiring model Juliana Redding's 2008 slaying in Santa Monica
Late last week, Santa Monica police arrested a 44-year-old woman in connection with the mysterious death of aspiring model Juliana Redding, who was found dead in her apartment two years ago.
Now, court documents reveal a new twist in the case -- and a possible lead in the crime.
Prosecutors alleged that the suspect received hundreds of thousands of dollars from a troubled physician who was in a foundering business deal with the victim's father.
The woman, Kelly Soo Park, was paid $250,000 three weeks before the grisly 2008 killing of Redding, and Park's family received another payment of $113,400 in the days before her arrest June 18, prosecutors said in a motion filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The money, they said, came from Park's employer, Dr. Munir Uwaydah, a Marina del Rey doctor with a checkered past. Law enforcement authorities have declined to discuss the financial transactions and what role, if any, Uwaydah may have allegedly played in the killing.
Uwaydah's attorney, Henry Fenton, said his client had nothing to do with Redding's killing. Fenton said he was unaware of any of the allegations about the payment to Park or medical fraud. According to the attorney, Uwaydah was traveling outside the country and unreachable.
--Joel Rubin and Robert Faturechi
Photo: Juliana Redding; credit: Los Angeles Times