Death penalty to be sought in Duluth couple’s murder

Ki Song Kim

Ki Song Kim

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter will pursue the death penalty against Ki Song Kim, the man accused of stabbing a Duluth couple to death in July.

Kim was arrested shortly after the July 27 deaths of Young Chan and Sun Hee Choi, his former employers at a local restaurant supply business. According to prior police testimony, Young Chan Choi and his wife were stabbed multiple times in the chest, while the latter also had her throat cut.

Kim reportedly admitted being at the scene that night but blamed the murders on a second, unidentified man. He was indicted last month on, among other charges, two counts apiece of malice murder and felony murder.

On Tuesday, Porter filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty in the case.

Kim’s alleged actions, the notice said, were “outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible, or inhuman in that (they) involved torture to the victim.”

Gwinnett County police are still exploring the possibility of a second man at the murder scene but believe Kim perpetrated the murders. Robbery is the alleged motive, though authorities don’t believe anything was actually taken from the house.