Defense attorneys for a woman charged in the 2008 killing of an aspiring model and actress found strangled in a Santa Monica apartment rested their case Wednesday without calling their client to testify.
Closing arguments were expected to begin Wednesday afternoon in the week-long murder trial of Kelly Soo Park, who is accused of murdering 21-year-old Juliana Redding.
Prosecutors allege that DNA and fingerprint evidence link Park, 47, to the Oct. 15, 2008, slaying.
Defense attorney George Buehler told the downtown Los Angeles jury last week that forensic evidence does not conclusively prove Park was responsible and that the prosecution has no evidence to show that she had any reason to want Redding dead.
Park worked for a Marina del Rey physician, Dr. Munir Uwaydah, who briefly dated Redding about a year before her killing. During that time, the physician offered to go into business with Redding's father, an Arizona-based pharmacist, to produce a pain cream, Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Stacy Okun-Wiese told jurors last week.