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Model murder suspect paid before killing

A Camarillo woman accused in the death of an aspiring model reportedly got over $300K from the victim's father's friend.

June 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Thousand Oaks woman accused in the killing of an aspiring model from Arizona reportedly received over $300,000 from a colleague of the victim's father.Kelly Soo Park, 44, was arrested June 18 in Camarillo in connection with the murder of 21-year-old Juliana Redding.

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

According to reports, prosecutors in the case allege that Park was paid $250,000 three weeks before Redding was killed, and Park's family received another payment of $113,400 just days before Park's arrest.

Prosecutors also allege that the money was given to park from her employer, Dr. Munir Uwaydah, a Marina del Rey physician.

Redding's body was found on March 16, 2008, in her rented condominium on Centinela Avenue near Santa Monica Boulevard. Redding was described as a Hollywood hopeful from Tucson, Ariz.

Park's roommate, 34-year-old Ronnie Case was also arrested in connection with Redding's death. However, pending further investigation, prosecutors declined to immediately charge him in the case.

Park faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted. She is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

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.

CNS contributed to this report.