Kelly Soo Park, at a pretrial hearing in 2015
Photo Credit: Pool Camera
UPDATE 4/21/16 5:15 AM correction on time of release
The LA County Sheriff's website indicating Park's status has been updated. It indicates Park's actual release time on Wednesday was "22:17" which is 10:17 pm.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
It's my understanding that Kelly Soo Park, one of 15 defendants charged in a massive medical insurance fraud scheme [BA425357] has been bonded out of custody this morning.
On April 12, Judge Kennedy dismissed 20 counts of aggravated mayhem against 11 defendants on the larger indictment. The dismissal of these counts dramatically reduced the bail amount to $1.635 million for each defendant. On Friday, April 15, Judge Kennedy also dismissed 1 count of aggravated mayhem on the smaller indictment [BA435339j] against defendant Tatiana Arnold.
Park's bail was initially set at $18.5 million when she was arrested. At a 1275 bail hearing last year, Park's bail was reduced to 10 million. Park's defense attorney Mark Kassabian was prepared for his client to post bond out on Friday but the hearing was put over until Tuesday morning.
Tuesday morning, Park's many supporters were on the 9th floor of the Criminal Justice Center waiting for Park's bail hearing. Bail bondsman Josh Herman, who bonded Park when she was on trial in 2013 for first degree murder of Juliana Redding was also present.
Although the prosecution team for the fraud case was all set up at the people's table to argue the bail hearings, they were asked to leave so the court could continue with the 402 evidentiary hearing from the "Grim Sleeper," Lonnie Franklin, Jr., case. That hearing had started Monday, continued all day Tuesday and is still in progress today.
Before Tuesday's afternoon session began, Judge Kennedy had an informal discussion with DDA Karen Nishita and Kassabian about how much time would be needed for the hearing. DDA Nishita indicated they would need about 1.5 hours. Judge Kennedy had her clerk arrange for Park's bail hearing to be heard by Judge Henry Hall, Dept. 111.
Tuesday evening, I checked the LA County Sheriff's website. It indicated Park was still in custody .
This morning, inside Dept. 109 before court started, I overheard Mark Kassabian speaking to Judge Kennedy's clerk. I overheard the word "passport" and that it needed to be turned over to someone. The last thing I heard Kassabian say to the clerk was, "...she just got out."
Although the Sheriff's website is not updated with Park's release time, her inmate information does indicate that her permanent housing was assigned at 8:54 am [a good indicator as to the time she was released], bail amount is reset to zero and that she is bonded. Screenshots of her inmate information are below.
I will update this post when I get any new information.