It took Los Angeles police detectives six years to track down Robin Kyu Cho as the killer. As it turned out, they didn’t have to go far. He lived three floors below the victims in the same 150-unit Miracle Mile apartment complex.
An L.A. jury convicted Cho of murder Tuesday for the killings of Chi Hyon Song, 30; her 2-year-old son, Hyun Woo Song; and the 56-year-old nanny Eun Sik Min. All were found dead on May 5, 2003.
DNA finally led police to Cho in 2009 after investigators re-tested genetic material on a latex glove found at the scene. Prosecutors had a hard time finding a motive for Cho, a married father of two and an insurance salesman with no criminal record of violence.
“Who cares why Mr. Cho committed this murder?” Deputy District Attorney Frank Santoro told the L.A. Times. “He put on those gloves for whatever reason, he went into that house for whatever reason, and he pulled the trigger, six times.”
The District Attorney’s Office is seeking the death penalty in the case. L.A. Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe scheduled the penalty phase of the trial to begin Monday.
The same seven women and five men who convicted Cho will hear the penalty evidence.