BURBANK — A Montrose-based psychologist testified Tuesday that the 48-year-old Glendale man who was convicted of stabbing his girlfriend to death reported hearing controlling voices moments before the attack.
During Soo Duk Kim's sanity trial, which began Monday after jurors found him guilty of second-degree murder for killing 52-year-old Susan Kim on Dec. 16, 2007, psychologist Jungyeol Oh testified in a Los Angeles County Superior Courtroom in Burbank that the Korean immigrant felt humiliated after a confrontation over smoking marijuana.
After the argument, Susan Kim took his keys and told him to return to Korea.
"He felt there was no reason for him to continue his life," Oh said.
Moments before killing Susan Kim, Oh told jurors Soo Duk Kim reported feeling his eyes roll back, his legs and arms stiffen and hearing a man's voice say, "Kill the devil and kill yourself."
He associated the devil with Susan Kim and attacked her, Oh said.