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Alleged payments investigated in the case aspiring model Juliana Redding's 2008 slaying in Santa Monica

June 26, 2010 |  8:39 am

Juliana ReddingLate 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.

Medical and court records indicate that Uwaydah was convicted in 2005 of defrauding a medical supply company of nearly $1 million and is being investigated for possibly filing millions of dollars in fraudulent insurance claims. Last year, state authorities sought to revoke his medical license for —among other allegations — allowing a physician assistant to begin a surgical procedure while he was not in the room.

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.

Read the full story here.

--Joel Rubin and Robert Faturechi

Photo: Juliana Redding; credit: Los Angeles Times