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April 8, 2021

2008 Marshall murder case certified to grand jury

Won Yong Jung (left) allegedly stabbed Du Chi Park, 56, to death after a night of drinking almost 13 years ago in a house on Free State Road near Marshall.
He was too drunk to remember anything that day. He said when he drinks he turns coma, or blackout.
— FBI Special Agent Mitch Song
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Staff Journalist
A Fauquier County grand jury next month will decide whether to indict the defendant charged with second-degree murder in the 2008 stabbing death of Marshall-area man.

After about a 1-hour and 40-minute preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon in Fauquier County General District Court, retired Judge J. Gregory Ashwell found that probable cause existed that Won Yong Jung, 62, of Duluth, Ga., had committed the crime.

Judge Ashwell certified the case to the circuit court grand jury, which meets May 24.

The crime carries a penalty of up to 40 years in prison.

On June 23 or 24, 2008, Mr. Jung allegedly stabbed Du Chil Park, 56, multiple times in the victim’s home at 5276 Free State Road, according to the investigation.

Mr. Jung visited the victim at his home, which also served as a Buddhist temple, to borrow money to repay a $3,000 debt to a girlfriend, according to investigators.

The night of June 23, Mr. Jung and Mr. Park — a non-traditional Buddhist monk and acupuncturist — drank 18 bottles of beer and liquor, the defendant told FBI agents in July 2010.

The agents about 10 years ago interviewed Mr. Jung at a Las Vegas jail, where authorities held him on a charge unrelated to the Marshall murder.

“He was too drunk to remember anything that day,” FBI Special Agent Mitch Song said of the defendant during Thursday’s hearing.

Mr. Song added: “He said when he drinks he turns coma, or blackout.”

Mr. Jung admitted that only he and the victim occupied the Marshall home at the time of the murder, the FBI agent testified.

In the morning, the defendant said he went to Mr. Park’s bedroom and discovered the victim's bloodied body on the floor, according to the agent.

“When (Mr. Jung) opened the door, he saw the dead body,” the FBI agent said. “He stood over the dead body.”

The defendant admitted that after making the discovery he went outside to smoke a cigarette and then left the property, Mr. Song told the court.

The FBI agent said he asked Mr. Jung why he didn’t contact the police.

“He said he doesn’t remember,” the agent said. “He had no answer to that.”

A court document states: “Jung noted he must have killed Park because they were the only two in the house prior to going to bed and the following morning they were still the only two in the house and the following morning they were still the only people in there.

“Jung stated he fled the area traveling to New York,” the document says. “Jung did not report this death.”

Woodbridge lawyer Blake K. Woloson represents Mr. Jung.

“There is nothing to tie him to the killing,” Mr. Woloson told the court Thursday.

He added: “What there isn’t is an actual confession, and there’s no evidence to tie” Mr. Jung to the murder.

But based on the evidence, “I think it’s a pretty easy call, from my perspective” to find probable cause that Mr. Jung committed the crime, Judge Ashwell said.

The first to arrive at the victim’s home June 29, 2008, Jonathan Waddell, then a sheriff’s deputy, testified that he immediately detected in the house the strong odor of a “decomposed” human body.

Entering Mr. Park’s bedroom, Senior Detective Waddell testified “there was a lot of blood around the victim” but couldn’t detect the cause of death.

He saw no signs of a struggle, a break-in or obvious disturbance to the portions of the house that he saw, Det. Waddell said.

In conjunction with the FBI and Gwinnett County (Ga.) Police Department, the Fauquier sheriff’s office last November arrested Mr. Jung for the murder.

Mr. Jung remains incarcerated, without bond.

If the prosecution wins a conviction of Mr. Jung, it would reduce the number of unsolved murders to eight in Fauquier County.

Contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0300.
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