West Des Moines woman charged in kidnapping, murder of husband

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First-degree murder and kidnapping charges were filed Wednesday in Dallas County District Court against Gowun Park, 40, of West Des Moines in connection with the death Feb. 15 of her husband, Sung Woo Nam.

First-degree murder and kidnapping charges were filed Wednesday in Dallas County District Court against Gowun Park, 40, of 8350 E. P. True Parkway, #1206, West Des Moines.

Park is held in connection with the death Feb. 15 of her husband, Sung Woo Nam.

Officers of the West Des Moines Police responded Saturday to the residence of Park and Nam on the report of an unresponsive male.

Emergency medical technicians also responded and found Nam “lying face down on the floor in the office of the home” about 6:45 p.m. Saturday, according to court records. “His lips were blue and he had no vital signs,” according to court records.

“There were ligature marks on the front of his neck and throat,” according to court records, but the “injuries sustained by Mr. Nam were not self-inflicted.”

The paramedics attempted to revive Nam with CPR, and he was transported to Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, where he was pronounced dead.

According to court records, Park admitted to police that she bound Nam’s hands and feet with zip ties and tied him to a chair with a rope Saturday morning about 10:30 a.m.

She also said she stuffed an item of clothing in Nam’s mouth to prevent his yelling, placed duct tape over his mouth and duct taped a towel over his head in order to cover his eyes.

Park further told police she “observed Mr. Nam” about 5 p.m. “and did not free him, even though he was in distress and requested to be untied.” She found her husband dead about 6:45 p.m. and called 911, “stating that she found her husband unresponsive.”

Park made efforts to hide the items used to bind her husband prior to the arrival of EMS responders. Her “actions and inactions were directly responsible for Mr. Nam’s death,” according to court records.

Park is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $5 million cash-only bond. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Feb. 28 in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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