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Jury Finds Hyungseok Koh Not Guilty in Son's Murder

Koh was accused of killing his 22-year-old son, Paul Koh, in 2009.

Hyungseok Koh was found not guilty by a Cook County jury Monday on all counts related to the death of his 22-year-old son, Paul Koh, in 2009, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

Koh had allegedly confessed to the murder, but his lawyer sowed doubt in the jurors' minds that Koh, whose native language is Korean, fully understood what police were asking him, the article says. 

The alleged confession came while Koh was in police custody shortly after his son's April 16, 2009 death, when Paul Koh was found stabbed in the doorway of the Kohs’ Birch Road home.

Northbrook Police responded to the Koh residence around 3:44 a.m. that day after Hyungseok Koh called 911. When they arrived, Koh ran out of his garage door screaming, then brought officers to his front door, where his son lay dead in a pool of blood, according to court documents.

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Robert Amenitsch December 18, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Congratulations to the Koh family and the entire defense team.
Jennifer Chang December 18, 2012 at 08:31 PM
The defense team was amazing. They are definitely to be congratulated.
Robert Amenitsch December 18, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Why was Mr Koh arrested on April 16, 2009, fifteen minutes after the police arrived? Was a proper investigation conducted, the obvious answer is no! Nortbrook residents should be asking many questions.
Billy Bob December 18, 2012 at 11:19 PM
YES!!! Justice prevails! And the not guilty verdict saves the NB police from the embarrassment (but not the cost of the civil lawsuit against them) of having any conviction overturned for their violation of Mr. Koh's 5th Amendment rights.
Robert Amenitsch December 19, 2012 at 04:24 PM
When the police arrest someone for murder, this is serious business which carries serious consequences. When mistakes are made by the police which causes the wrong person to be arrested and incarcerated for 3.5 years and later to be found not guilty, the police should be held accountable. The Koh family suffered unimagineable hardships since April 16, 2009.
Robert Amenitsch December 19, 2012 at 05:17 PM
How do you begin to compensate the Koh family? First, the public needs to contact officials to voice their concerns. Civil litigation is sure to follow the jury's verdict.
gviewresident December 20, 2012 at 01:34 AM
preventing an innocent father from burying his own son, arresting him based on a false confession and keeping him imprisoned for over 3 year? i wouldn't even know where to begin in terms of compensation. outside of that, serious changes need to be made internally and these cops need to be DISCIPLINED....at the very least be trained better. what that detective did was totally unconscionable...i don't know how he sleeps at night knowing what he did to Mr. Koh. Congrats to the Koh family and the amazing defense attorneys. Although no amount of money will give back the years he spent in jail, nor the ability the attend his son's funeral, I hope they get fully compensated.
ggekko December 24, 2012 at 09:26 PM
NPD dropped the ball...but mr koh knows what really happened
Silvio Dante December 24, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Is the Koh family looking for the real killer?
Silvio Dante December 27, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Still no update regarding the Koh family looking for the "real" killer. Mr. Koh is Northbrook's OJ Simpson. People get away with murder everyday, why should it be different in Northbrook. If you are in the country for 25 years, you should understand basic English and know what killing your son means when questioned. I am sure that Mr. Koh understands the difference between heaven and hell. His son is in heaven and he will be going to hell one day.
gviewresident December 28, 2012 at 01:50 AM
the real killer? take a look at the transcripts from court and testimonies from all the experts. before condemning someone to hell and making generalizations based on little bits of details you get from the news, i'd get all the facts first. i'm confident that if you did, you will reconsider these conclusions - just as the jury did with their very quick and unanimous not guilty verdict.
Riely January 09, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Some of the officers that arrived on the scene are straight crooks and didnt even properly investigate the murder.Heres a 6 minute video of the whole thing on how police didnt even investigate and they even left evidence there.His DNA was on no murder weapon or anything http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrYfPfgtgJ8
Silvio Dante January 09, 2013 at 08:31 PM
The police officers on the scene were straight crooks and left evidence at the crime scene? Does that mean that the real killer is still on the loose? Omg, I am starting to get very worried now. Oh please. Will someone please tell me who killed this young man? I shouldn't be so upset. People get away with murder everyday. Why should Northbrook be any different. I am sure those experts called on behalf of the defense were paid experts. Bottom line, good lawyering by the defense. Worth every penny. Has Mr. Koh been working on his English since returning home? After 25 years, that would be nice. Perhaps he could then give an interview and tell his side of the story and convince everyone who feels he is guilty. In the meantime, there is no justice for this young man. Someone cut his throat and it wasn't the boogieman.
Riely January 10, 2013 at 03:15 AM
I read more into it and I read the son had a mental illness.Very sad and i hope they find the person
Silvio Dante January 10, 2013 at 03:49 AM
I have a feeling we all know who the "person" is. Is the mental illness that he smoked marijuana? If so, there are 1000s of kids in NBK with the same mental illness. That should have no relation to the fact that someone slit his throat. You can't call that suicide if that is indeed what you are referring to.

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