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March 13, 1997
A Highland Park grocer must stand trial in the slaying of a high school girl he allegedly shot after catching one of her friends trying to steal a beer, a judge has ruled. Prosecutors have enough evidence to proceed with the case against Jo Won Kim, Los Angeles Municipal Judge Glenette Blackwell ruled Tuesday after a preliminary hearing. Kim, 51, is accused of fatally shooting Franklin High School senior Brenda Hughes on Nov. 21 as the car in which she was riding drove away from Henry's Market.
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August 5, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moments before he was to stand trial on charges that might send him to prison for life, a Highland Park grocer pleaded guilty Monday to shooting a teenager to death last fall after a confrontation with one of her friends. Korea Jo Won Kim was immediately sentenced by Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry to a prison term of 15 years to life--a sentence that came on the Korean immigrant's 52nd birthday. Kim was arrested Nov.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moments before he was to stand trial on charges that might send him to prison for life, a Highland Park grocer pleaded guilty Monday to shooting a teenager to death last fall after a confrontation with one of her friends. Korea Jo Won Kim was immediately sentenced by Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry to a prison term of 15 years to life--a sentence that came on the Korean immigrant's 52nd birthday. Kim was arrested Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1997
A Highland Park grocer must stand trial in the slaying of a high school girl he allegedly shot after catching one of her friends trying to steal a beer, a judge has ruled. Prosecutors have enough evidence to proceed with the case against Jo Won Kim, Los Angeles Municipal Judge Glenette Blackwell ruled Tuesday after a preliminary hearing. Kim, 51, is accused of fatally shooting Franklin High School senior Brenda Hughes on Nov. 21 as the car in which she was riding drove away from Henry's Market.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1996 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two possible defense arguments--that one of the victims was threatening him with a gun, and that the defendant is insane--surfaced Wednesday during a preliminary hearing for a grocer accused of murdering a teenage girl and attempting to murder her four young companions. The issues arose after defense attorney Tyson B. Park submitted an unsuccessful motion to suspend the hearing until the mental competence of his client, Korea Jo Won Kim, can be determined.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1996
A shrine of flowers, photographs and candles was placed at the site where a 17-year-old girl was shot to death, allegedly by the store owner. About 20 friends of Brenda Hughes created the memorial during a silent vigil Friday night in front of Henry's Market in Highland Park. Store owner Jo Won Kim remained jailed Saturday after his arrest Thursday for investigation of murder and attempted murder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1996
Police arrested a 51-year-old shop owner Thursday after he fired into a car filled with teenagers, killing a 17-year-old girl whose companions he believed had shoplifted beer from his store, detectives said. Jo Won Kim fired his .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol into the car at about 9:30 a.m. outside his market on North Avenue 56 in Highland Park, LAPD Detective John Berdin said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1996
These are some of my feelings about a former high school student of mine, Brenda Hughes, who was killed Nov. 21, by a market owner. The owner shot into a car filled with five teenagers apparently thinking they had stolen beer from his store. Only in America: Would teenagers be tempted to steal beer from a market. In Third World countries thieves might try to steal eggs or milk because they are hungry. Would the easy availability of guns allow a store owner to keep a .45-caliber pistol in his store.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1996 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raw emotions and a call for vengeance have been etched in red graffiti on the side of a Highland Park grocery store where a teenage girl was shot to death last week. But on Friday at a funeral Mass, the 17-year-old's parish priest asked for understanding and prayer, not only for Brenda Hughes, but also for the shopkeeper accused of her slaying. "This man did a terrible thing, but it is for God to deal with, not for us," said Msgr. Alfred Hernandez, at the Mass attended by more than 500 people.
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November 26, 1996 | MAKI BECKER and ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Highland Park grocer Monday pleaded not guilty to charges that he shot and killed a 17-year-old girl last week after her friends allegedly tried to steal a can of beer. An attorney briefly involved in the case said Korea Jo Won Kim told him that he was shooting at the ground, not directly at the car where Brenda Hughes was sitting in the back seat. Kim, 51, was accused of firing his handgun into the car carrying five teenagers Thursday, killing Hughes and wounding another student in the leg.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1996 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two possible defense arguments--that one of the victims was threatening him with a gun, and that the defendant is insane--surfaced Wednesday during a preliminary hearing for a grocer accused of murdering a teenage girl and attempting to murder her four young companions. The issues arose after defense attorney Tyson B. Park submitted an unsuccessful motion to suspend the hearing until the mental competence of his client, Korea Jo Won Kim, can be determined.
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November 23, 1996 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The weatherworn market that Jo Won Kim and his wife tended on a quiet Highland Park street was a familiar stop for the students attending Franklin High School a few blocks away. The struggling market was also a frequent target for youthful shoplifters who, some residents said, viewed Kim as a soft touch. It was the place where Brenda Hughes, a Franklin senior, a popular former cheerleader and softball player, stopped by Thursday morning with a carload of friends on their way to school.
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