Accused Killer Was in Love With Slain Roommate: Prosecutors

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    Prosecutors alleged that Kwan Choi Joy was in love with his former roommate in court Tuesday, whom he is also accused of killing in 2013. Vikki Vargas reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. from Santa Ana Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Published Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014)

    In the closing arguments of an Orange County murder trial on Tuesday, prosecutors said the defendant was in love with the Army veteran and CSU Fullerton student he is accused of killing.

    Prosecutors said Kwang Choi "KC" Joy, 55, got surgery to make his eyes look younger, paid to take Maribel Ramos, 36, on a cruise and panicked when she told him to move out of their apartment when he couldn't pay the rent.

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    Maribel Ramos was laid to rest Sunday, weeks after she was slain and her body was dumped in an Orange County canyon. Ramos, a student at California State University, Fullerton, received her honorary degree from the university last month. John Cadiz Klemack reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2013. (Published Sunday, Jun 2, 2013)

    "Maribel was his life, and the opportunity for him to be with the love of his life was coming to an end," Orange County Deputy District Attorney Scott Simmons told the jury.

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    Maribel Ramos, who was slain in 2013, called 911, 11 days before her slaying to tell an emergency operator she was terrified of her roommate. Vikki Vargas reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. from Santa Ana Monday, July 14, 2014. (Published Monday, Jul 14, 2014)

    Ramos was last seen through surveillance footage, dropping off a rent check for her apartment in Orange on May 2, 2013, officials said.

    She got into an argument earlier that day with Joy over rent, prosecutors said. They contended that the fighting, and Ramos' demand that Joy move out, led to her slaying.

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    Maribel Ramos was laid to rest Sunday, weeks after she was slain and her body was dumped in an Orange County canyon. Ramos, a student at California State University, Fullerton, received her honorary degree from the university last month. John Cadiz Klemack reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2013. (Published Sunday, Jun 2, 2013)

    Her badly decomposed body was found later that month near Modjeska Canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains, prosecutors said. Her cause of death has remained unknown.

    Eleven days before her disappearance, Ramos made a chilling 911 call, saying she was "afraid"after an argument with Joy.

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    Prosecutors believe a dispute over the rent led to the alleged murder, but they still don't know what caused Maribel Ramos' death. Ramos' roommate, 54-year-old Kwang Chol Joy, is being held on $1 million bail. Vikki Vargas reports from Santa Ana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 21, 2013. (Published Wednesday, May 22, 2013)

    Defense attorneys said Ramos was prone to paranoia, and that she had been drinking the night of the call. They maintained Ramos was suicidal and may have died of a medical condition.

    But Simmons said Joy "did something to her that night that caused her to panic."

    "I don't know what it was, but he did something that caused her great fear," he said in court.

    When Ramos disappeared, Joy told NBC4 that Ramos was his "only family."

    "She's my best friend, and I want her to come back," he said.

    Simmons said cuts and scratches found on Joy's body when he was arrested were likely from a struggle with Ramos.

    Earlier in the trial, Simmons showed video of Joy walking into a public library. His search history there showed that he looked up how long it takes for a human body to decay, and the location where Ramos' body was later found, prosecutors said.

    Closing arguments will resume Wednesday.

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