Woman Charged With Murder in Model's Death

Monday, Jun 21, 2010  |  Updated 3:56 PM PDT
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Woman Charged With Murder in Model's Death

Juliana Redding

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A Thousand Oaks woman was charged Monday with murder in the death of an aspiring fashion model and actress from Arizona who was killed in her Santa Monica apartment in 2008.

Kelly Soo Park, 44, appeared at the Airport Courthouse on Monday afternoon, but her arraignment was postponed until June 28.

Park was arrested Thursday in Camarillo along with 34-year-old Ronnie Wayne Case. Pending further investigation, prosecutors declined to immediately charge Case in connection with the killing of Juliana Redding, 21.

Redding (pictured) was described as a Hollywood hopeful from Tucson, Ariz., who was found dead on March 16, 2008, in her rented condominium on Centinela Avenue near Santa Monica Boulevard.

Redding attended Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, where she played on the golf team. She moved from Arizona and had a role in a small 2005 movie, and was featured in a photo layout in Maxim magazine, winning one of the magazine's "Hometown Hottie" contests.

Redding was found dead after her mother called police when she could not reach her daughter.

Case is an amateur racecar driver who frequented the Ventura County Raceway, while Park worked for a business that sponsored his car, the Ventura County Star reported.

Santa Monica police said there could be more arrests in the case.

Police in Oxnard and Torrance, and major crimes units in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, worked on the case with the assistance of the FBI, police said.

Santa Monica police asked anyone with information, or who has had any relationship with either suspect, to call Lt. Mike Beautz at 310-458-8488.
 
Park faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted. She is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

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