Juliana Redding, 21
Posted March 16, 2008, 6 p.m.
Juliana Redding, 21, a white woman, was found dead inside her home at 1527 Centinela Ave. in Santa Monica about 6:10 p.m. Sunday, March 16.
According to Lt. Alex Padilla from the Santa Monica Police Department, Redding's mother had called police from Tucson, Ariz., Sunday evening and told police that she had been unable to reach her daughter at her home.
Officers were dispatched to the address and upon arrival discovered she had been killed during an assault. Anyone with information is asked to call Santa Monica police detectives at (310) 458-8451.
[Update Dec. 5, 2010: The Times has new details about allegations in the slaying of Redding:
As detectives pieced together the 2008 slaying of a young Santa Monica woman, they came to a chilling conclusion: She had been calling police for help when the killer snatched the phone from her hands and hung up.
Prosecutors unveiled the eerie account of the 911 call and other details from the March 2008 killing that has attracted national attention during secret grand jury proceedings against Kelly Soo Park, the woman arrested in June this year and accused of murder in the slaying of 21-year-old Juliana Redding. A transcript of the proceedings was obtained by The Times last week — its contents being made public for the first time.
[June 3, 2013: After more than a week of deliberations a jury acquits Park of Redding's murder.
The verdict stunned Redding's friends who shouted "Murderer" "Go to hell!" and "This is a travesty of judgment" when the decision was read in court.
During closing arguments, her attorney George Buehler told jurors that Park's DNA could have been transferred from items she touched at the home of Marina del Rey physician, Dr. Munir Uwaydah, who employed Park and briefly dated Redding months before the killing. The killer, Buehler argued, could have used a rag or towel with Park's DNA to wipe down the crime scene. That, he said, would explain why Park's genetic material was at the scene.
Buehler said the verdict ended a three-year ordeal for his client, whom he described as "very relieved."
"She's had some hard years dealing with this, the fear of it and the anxiety of it," the attorney said. "She just wants to go and rest right now."
Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey released a statement saying that prosecutors disagree with the verdict but respect the justice system.
"We believed in our case and the strength of our evidence," the statement said. "We fought hard and fair in the court of law to obtain justice."
-- Jack Leonard
Top photo: Juliana Redding Credit: DMV
Bottom photo: Kelly Soo Park Credit: Santa Monica Police Department