Chung Kim Gets Life in Prison for Dog Poop Murder

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Chung Kim might look like someone's kindly grandpa, but the 76-year-old has a helluva mean streak. His former boss knew this; when Kim was laid off from his job in 2001, he allegedly pulled a weapon. So did his neighbors, several of whom he allegedly threatened with murder over the years.

Threats are one thing; acting upon them is quite another. This afternoon, a Dallas County jury decided Kim crossed that particular line on the morning of February 4 when he gunned down his upstairs neighbors, 31-year-olds Michelle Jackson and Jamie Stafford.

The proximate cause of the murder -- and the detail the media immediately fixated on -- was dog poop. Kim had been complaining to the condo's homeowner's association for months that the couple was dumping it onto his balcony, according to testimony reported by CultureMap. In December 2012, when they had a baby -- Jackson's fifth -- they began tossing used diapers there as well.

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

Kim allegedly retaliated by repeatedly cutting the couple's cable line. Prosecutor Herschel Woods played a 911 call made by Jackson about two hours before her death in which she tells the operator it was"not the first time this has happened, but this is the first time we saw him do it."

So, the feud was already at a boil when the dog poop hit Kim's porch on the morning of February 4. He grabbed a Glock .45 and shot Jackson once as she stood outside her front door, the bullet severing her spinal cord.

Stafford, who escaped out the couple's back door and hopped down from the second-floor patio in an attempt to flee, was shot seven times, according to evidence presented at trial.

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

Kim, in several jailhouse interviews and during the trial, denied shooting his neighbors. But the evidence -- the longstanding feud, the eyewitness testimony, the gun-shot particles discovered on Kim's hands -- was too much for the jury to ignore.

Kim's capital murder conviction carries life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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21 comments
wontunow
wontunow

Um, lets have 5 kids an a small apartment, and then drop dog poop and dirty

diapers over the balcony of a retired, old, asian man.  Sounds like a plan.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

If I had neighbors that threw dirty diapers and dog waste out of the window, and the association did nothing, I'd move.  It means the place is turning into a shit house.

roo_ster
roo_ster

I can understand Mr Kimchee's anger at having to deal with the actions and culture of savages.  Not so much the shooting.  


It is time to move when the barbarians invade in numbers.

J_A_
J_A_ topcommenter

Ewwwwww dog poop & poopy diapers? Nasty.

niafia2014
niafia2014

Apparently Clint Eastwood is not the only old man with death threats we should be scared of.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu topcommenter

sounds like an upgrade from where he was living.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Good news is, he won't be dealing with dog poop in prison.


everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Not saying he should have done it or that he doesn't deserve his sentence... but I understand.

JoeyKneighroe
JoeyKneighroe

just his own when he drops the soap! FRESH FISH! FRESH FISH! FRESH FISH! FRESH FISH! FRESH FISH!

lezleesam
lezleesam

a person can die from feces thrown on them which is absorbed into their body and contracting hepatitis? i hope you get the death penalty for trying to kill someone by throwing feces on someone and their property. too bad society must constantly put up with the knee grow culture and their pathetic disregard for/ disrespect of others and their lives.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@P1Gunter He's 76.  He wouldn't live long enough to be executed after all the appeals ran out, so it's the same sentence only with cheaper appeals.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Daniel @tdkisok That's usually the dividing line between RKBA people and anti-gunners.  The RKBA people know that they get mad but also have self control.  The antis know that they have no self control and assume no one else does either.

Daniel
Daniel

@tdkisok I would want to kill them, too, and so would you, I imagine. The difference is, we wouldn't. Or at least I wouldn't.



everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@tdkisok if you think that it is impossible to empathize with someone without becoming like them, then that explains quite a bit about you.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@everlastingphelps


So you can understand why a guy would threaten people with death over the years including former coworkers? 


Funny thing, when you say that if you are ever killed by the cops it will be murder you mean, because nothing is ever your fault.

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