Actress Juliana Redding was 'murdered over business deal with her father'
An aspiring young actress was strangled to death in 2008 by a femme fatale enforcer called James Bond as retaliation against her father, who pulled out of a business deal with a wealthy doctor, prosecutors have revealed.
Authorities say Dr Munir Uwaydah, a real estate investor and businessman, told Kelly Soo Park -- who he called 'James Bond' -- to pay Juliana Redding, 21, a visit at her Santa Monica, California, apartment.
Park, 46, officially worked as Dr Uwaydah's real estate broker and financial assistant. But prosecutors allege she was also his hired muscle.
She and her race car-driving boyfriend were paid handsomely to intimidate and harass people who stood in the way of his business adventures, according to court documents, CBS News reports.
In March 2008, Park, who is 5-foot-10 and 150 pounds, went to Juliana's apartment and strangled to her to death with her bare hands, court documents allege.
Investigators say they found evidence tying her to the crime on the young actress's neck and cell phone.
They also found evidence on a knob of Juliana's kitchen stove, which Park allegedly turned on in an effort to blow up the apartment and obscure the crime scene, prosecutors revealed this week.
For years, authorities have alleged that Julaiana, who was dated Dr Uwaydah, was murdered after Park was hired by the doctor to intimidate her.
Prosecutors are only now releasing their theory behind the brutal crime. They say that Park should not be represented by her current crop of lawyers because they are paid for by Dr Uwaydah.
Juliana was a budding model and actress who had landed a role in a small independent film. She hoped her big break was coming after posing for a sexy pictorial in Maxim magazine.
'Hired muscle': Prosecutors say Dr Munir Uwaydah had hired Kelly Soo Park (pictured) to intimidate and harass his enemies -- and also sent her after Juliana
Entangled: Dr Munir Uwaydah (left), who has fled the country, also reportedly dated Juliana (right) before he and her father went into business together
Her father, a pharmacist, had agreed to go into business with Dr Uwaydah, managing a pharmacy and helping to develop products for a medical manufacturing company the Lebanese American businessman had founded.
However, prosecutors say, Juliana's father tried to pull out when he learned Dr Uwaydah's medical license was under investigation by the state.
After Park was arrested for the murder, Dr Uwaydah fled the country. His exact whereabouts are not known -- though reports indicate he might have returned to Lebanon.
Dr Uwaydah has not been charged with a crime, though he is wanted for questioning.
Park has pleaded not guilty to the murder charges.
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