Dog Poop Slaying Suspect Chung Kim Had Long History of Murder Threats, Prosecutors Say

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The way police told it, 76-year-old Chung Kim simply exploded. The couple who lived upstairs with their five children dumped dog poop on the back porch of his Abrams Road condo, so he pulled out a handgun and murdered them in cold blood.

In a series of jailhouse interviews, Kim gave a different version of events. He admitted to shooting the man, 31-year-old Jamie Stafford, but said that it was self-defense. Stafford had charged him with the gun, which Kim had managed to wrestle from his grasp. He maintained that he didn't shoot the woman.

See also: A Dallas Couple Was Murdered at Their Home in Feud Over Dog Droppings, Police Say

Prosecutors didn't buy it. Leaving aside the question of how an ailing septuagenarian could physically overpower a healthy man 40 years his junior (Kim told Fox 4 it was martial arts: "Twist arm and take away gun"), the evidence simply didn't seem to support that version of events.

Plus, prosecutors say Kim had made something of a habit of threatening to kill his neighbors. In a list of extraneous offenses filed Monday in Kim's capital murder case, they cite three instances in which Kim threatened to shoot people.

See also: The Strange Confession of Chung Kim, the 75-Year-Old Accused of Dog Poop Slaying

On New Year's Day 2006, he told a man at his condominiums that, "I will come up and shoot you." Seven months later, he was carrying a gun when he made a similar threat to a woman at the complex. And in September 2007, he was taken into protective custody after he walked into the condominium office and threatened to "kill everyone" over what court documents describe as a "dispute regarding tenant conduct." He was carrying a gun and ammunition at the time.

Kim was never charged in any of those cases, but prosecutors plan to introduce them at trial, which is set to begin next Monday.

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lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

Deport to a North Korean prison! They will take good care of this killer.

rusknative
rusknative

dog poop is a serious invasion of serenity if you are not another dog.  

still.....what DO you put into asian stir fry?

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Kim was never charged in any of those cases, but prosecutors plan to introduce them at trial, which is set to begin next Monday.

So the allegations weren't deemed important or urgent enough to file charges at the time but they want to bring them up now ?


Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Come on people.

Ya'll know in Texas you get to shoot one or two people before it's considered serious.

He used up his freebies.

What happened to the dog?

Gum_Dungy
Gum_Dungy

Chung Kim is a hero and should get a medal.

ryan762
ryan762

So we're thinking probation for this guy, right?

russell.allison1
russell.allison1

I have my thoughts on gun ownership and they don't include protecting the right to threaten people with death when you are visibly equipped to make good on that threat.  Why did they not charge the guy then? They would have been able to confiscate his weapons based on the conviction for terroristic threat. 

LaKeesha
LaKeesha

since 2006? whats taking so long

tdkisok
tdkisok

Past threats to kill others but hey..........we need guys like that around in case somebody comes into a mall or school shooting people.  

rusknative
rusknative

well...how about threatening folks with the IRS as a weapon? is THAT ok?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@tdkisok Brandishing is against the law.  RKBA advocates call for enforcement of our current laws rather than adding more unenforceable laws.


dingo
dingo

@tdkisok

He qualifies as a somebody who comes into a mall or school shooting people, don't you think?

rusknative
rusknative

as Brandishing goes, I like VSOP Courvousier.

rusknative
rusknative

not unless the school or mall is full of dog poop.

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