Defendant acquitted in LA model murder trial


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury has found a woman defendant not guilty of murder in the strangling of an aspiring model.

The verdict Tuesday in favor of defendant Kelly Soo Park prompted friends of Redding to scream and yell, calling her a murderer.

Park had to be escorted from court out a back way.

The jury returned verdicts twice. The first time the panel found Park not guilty of first-degree murder. After hearing more arguments from lawyers, the panel returned to deliberations and then came back with an acquittal on the lesser included offense of second-degree murder.

Redding was strangled in Santa Monica in 2008.