LOS ANGELES — An aspiring young model and actress who was slain in her Santa Monica apartment in 2008 was calling 911 for help when her killer grabbed the phone and hung up, according to grand jury transcripts.
The frantic phone call was among the revelations in newly unsealed transcripts of October grand jury proceedings against Kelly Soo Park, the woman charged with murdering 21-year-old Juliana Redding in 2008, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
The transcripts also include the testimony of investigators who said DNA matching Park, a 45-year-old close associate of Redding’s former boyfriend, was found on Redding’s skin, clothes and cell phone, and her fingerprints and DNA were found around the apartment.
“DNA was recovered from every single one of these surfaces inside that bungalow,” Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson told the grand jury.
Investigators testified that Redding’s body was covered with cuts and bruises.
Park has pleaded not guilty and denied any involvement in the killing. She was free on bail and awaiting trial.
Investigators believe Redding was killed shortly after she made the 911 call at about 10 p.m. on March 15, 2008. They found her body the next day, after her mother called authorities to say she couldn’t reach her.
Prosecutors said that police found evidence of a hasty attempt to clean up after the killing.
There was no mention of a motive in the transcripts.
Prosecutors had previously said Park’s boss, Dr. Munir Uwaydah, had dated Redding and was close to launching a pharmaceutical business with Redding’s father, but the father backed out of the deal. They said Park received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Uwaydah before she was arrested.
He has not been charged in the case and through an attorney has denied any wrongdoing.
Redding moved from Arizona to Santa Monica to pursue her acting and modeling career. She 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.
She had been working as a waitress when she was killed.