Defense Using Argument of Necrophilia in California Cold Case

Sun Kwon, 82, died months after she was brutally assaulted in 2012. (Richmond Police Department)

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In a case that has taken years to finally get to trial, Jonathan Jackson's defense team finally revealed their strategy as the trial got underway concerning the 2012 assault and beating of 81 year old Sun Yi Kwon who died six months later.

 

Attorney Evan Kuluk did not deny that there was DNA evidence recovered that linked Jackson to Kwon's body.  Instead, he stated that his client, still under the influence of alcohol and LSD, stumbled upon the already beaten and assaulted Kwon partially nude, and believed her to be deceased.

 

“He let his arousal get the best of him,” Kuluk told the jury, adding that it was a “dark point” in Jackson’s life and there was “no justification” for it. In what he evidently described as 'an impulsive act of necrophilia,' “real human phenomenon,” Jackson is said to have masturbated over Kwon's body before she evidently moved or made a sound alerting Jackson that she was still alive.  He then fled the scene.

 

From 2012 to 2016, Kwon's assault and beating was a cold case.  It wasn't until Jackson was arrested for auto theft that his DNA was put into a statewide system which made a match to Kwon's case possible.

 

Jonathan Jackson, 38, is hinging his defense on necrophilia. (Richmond Police Department)

 

The delays in the case after that DNA match was made all stem from the fact that prosecutor Aron DeFerrari dismissed a juror from the grand jury trial himself instead of allowing the foreman of the jury to do so.  For a short period of time, the charges of murder, kidnapping, rape and sexual penetration were even dismissed for fear of a conviction being overturned in an appeals court.  The judge that called for the dismissal though, didn't allow that order to take effect as ultimately, dismissing the juror, while improper, was in the best interest of Jackson receiving a fair trial.

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