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    Kim Soo Park arrested in Juliana Redding murder

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    LOS ANGELES, CA (CNN) - The trial begins Wednesday in the murder of an aspiring Hollywood actress and model. Juliana Redding was found dead in 2008.

    Authorities believe she was the victim of a murder-for-hire scheme carried out by a woman described as a "female James Bond."

    More than five years after aspiring actress and model Juliana Redding was found strangled and beaten to death in her Santa Monica, California apartment, her accused killer will finally stand before a jury.

    Legal analyst Lisa Bloom says, "This is the first case I have heard of where a woman was a hired goon to go beat someone up."

    Redding was just 21 years old when she left Tucson, Arizona, to pursue her dreams of stardom. She had some success appearing in an independent film, a music video and a photo spread in Maxim magazine.

    But her dreams were cut short, prosecutors say, by 47-year-old Kelly Soo Park.

    They assert Park was hired by a physician to kill Redding after her father, a pharmacist, pulled out of a business deal with him just five days before she was killed.

    Court documents also allege that the doctor made payments to park totaling more than $250,000 just weeks before Redding was killed. However, the doctor, who left the country shortly after Park's arrest, has never been charged in this case.

    Park remains free on $3.5 million bond. Her lawyers say she's innocent and that the prosecution should be looking at John Gilmore, a former boyfriend of Redding's.

    But prosecutors believe they have a strong case against Park, especially since her DNA was found not only in the victim's apartment but also on her body. Bloom says, "If the jury believes that the ex boyfriend was responsible for this killing, there still remains a question: How do we explain Ms. Park's DNA being at the crime scene?"

    The trial is expected to last three months and unlike other recent high-profile murder cases such as Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias, only portions will be televised.

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