‘Valley Murder’ Lee Eun-hae and Jo Hyeon-soo postponed … “Requires review of allegations”

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The trial for Lee Eun-hae, who was accused of killing her husband by dropping her husband into a valley, and his ex-boyfriend, Jo Hyun-soo, have been postponed.

The 15th Criminal Division of the Incheon District Court postponed the decision trial for the two people, which was scheduled for this afternoon, and conducted only additional evidence investigation and interrogation of the accused.

Accordingly, the prosecution’s request and final statement of the accused, scheduled for today, has been postponed.

Prior to the newspaper, the court said, “The prosecution has reconstructed the indictment by arranging the situation after drowning and the actions of the accused, while leaving the ‘murder by title’ as it is. What is the purpose?” he asked.

In response, the prosecution said, “We are judging this case as a murder by omission,” but “It is important that the facts are recognized, not completely ruling out murder by omission.”

Then, the court said, “As a spouse, there is no obligation to rescue, and it is difficult to judge the murder by negligence just because you did not rescue him.”

The court then asked the prosecution to submit an opinion on what kind of rescue action they should have taken toward the victim in terms of the defense rights of the accused.

A situation in which an act prohibited by law is directly executed is called an ‘act’, and a case where an act is not performed is called ‘omission’. In general, murder by act is punished more heavily than murder by omission.

Jo Hyun-soo, who appeared in the courtroom wearing a yellow shroud, denied the murder charges, saying, “At that time, I couldn’t see even an inch in front of the water, so I continued to search while stirring the water with my hands and feet.”

He also completely denied the allegation that he tried to kill the victim by feeding him a dish mixed with fugu venom, and claimed that he made a false statement because of a coercive investigation by the prosecution at the time.

Previously, Eun-hae Lee and Hyun-soo Jo were arrested and tried for murder on June 30, 2019, in Yongso Valley, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, on charges of murdering Lee’s husband, Yoon-mo.

Prosecutors determined that they deliberately killed Yoon, who could not swim, to jump into the valley water without rescue equipment, aiming for 800 million won in life insurance money in the name of the victim.

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