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Warrant denied for teen for allegedly helping father to murder friend

2017/10/12 22:06

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SEOUL, Oct. 12 (Yonhap) -- A district court denied an arrest warrant Thursday for a teenager on charges of acting as an accomplice to her father in murdering her school friend and abandoning the body.

The Seoul Northern District Court dismissed the prosecution's request for the warrant to detain the 14-year-old suspect, only identified by her last name Lee, for assisting her father to kill the victim.

"There is not enough reason to detain (Lee) at the present stage considering that her crimes have not yet been ascertained and there is no fear that she would flee," Judge Choi Jong-jin said in his decision.

The 35-year-old father, only identified by his last name Lee, was once well-known for his devotion in caring for his daughter suffering from a rare genetic disease. He is accused of killing the teenage girl and disposing of her body on a hill in a county in Gangwon Province.

Police believe she helped her father by luring her friend to her place, giving her a drink mixed with sleeping pills, and taking part in the body disposal.

Lee's case has made headlines as the family received a great deal of publicity a decade ago when publicly fighting the daughter's genetic disease known as gigantiform cementoma, a rare dental tumor that grows from the jaw and causes severe disfigurement.

Lee, who once had the same tumor himself, actively organized a string of fundraising events for the expensive treatment of his only child by traveling throughout Korea and also to Los Angeles.