Woman charged in slaying of Santa Monica model
A Camarillo woman was charged Monday in the slaying two years ago of an aspiring model who was found dead in her Santa Monica condo.
At a courthouse near Los Angeles International Airport on Monday afternoon, L.A. County prosecutors formally charged Kelly Soo Park, 44, in the 2008 killing of Juliana Redding, 21.
Park’s roommate, Ronnie Wayne Case, 34, had also been arrested by Santa Monica police detectives, but the district attorney’s office declined Monday to charge him, pending further investigation. Authorities remained tight-lipped about Park’s connection to the slain model or any potential motive, saying detectives may still be tracking other suspects.
How Park was connected to the slaying two years later remained unclear. The arrests were made last week in Camarillo, said Sgt. Jay Trisler with the Santa Monica Police Department.
Redding’s slaying set off shock waves in the affluent neighborhood around Santa Monica Boulevard and Centinela Avenue, where rent for one-bedroom apartments can go above $2,000 a month.
The Arizona native moved to Los Angeles to be an actress and a model. Her photo appeared in Maxim magazine’s Hometown Hotties feature. Along with modeling gigs, she worked at a Venice tapas bar. Police were dispatched to her condo after her mother called from Tucson to tell them her daughter had not been returning phone calls. Redding's body showed signs of physical assault.
Santa Monica police said they devoted “thousands” of hours to the investigation, working in cooperation with other local law enforcement agencies and the FBI. Park, who was arrested without incident, faces 25 years to life, if convicted. Records show she held a real estate license for a period, and lived in Thousand Oaks before moving to Camarillo.
Santa Monica police are seeking the help of anyone who knows Park, or has information on Redding’s murder. Anyone who knows the suspects or has information regarding Redding's death is asked to call police at (310) 458-8488.
-- Robert Faturechi