Leader Blues

Friday, July 07, 2006

TOP STORY >> Suspect arrested for two killings

BY PEG KENYON
Leader staff writer

IN SHORT: Jacksonville man waives extradition in the recent slayings of a father and son.

After waiving extradition on a fugitive warrant last week in Little Rock, a Jacksonville man accused of an out-of-state double homicide of a father and son is being held without bond at Montgomery County Jail in Tennessee.

This week, deputies from Mont-gomery County Sheriff’s Office took custody of Chinu Kim, 23, of Jacksonville from the Pulaski County Regional Detention Center in Little Rock before transporting him to Tennessee. Kim was then charged with two felony counts of first-degree murder, three counts of felony murder, one felony count of especially aggravated kidnapping, one felony count of aggravated kidnapping and one felony count of theft of property involving a vehicle.

These charges were prompted by a Montgomery County grand jury, which returned indictments and warrants for Kim for the double homicides.

According to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department personnel, there were only two murders and the other counts dealt with felonies allegedly committed during the incidents.

On June 23, Juan J. Vasquez, 45, was found slain at 912 Dominion Drive in Clarksville, Tenn., and the body of 18-year-old Thomas L. Vasquez was located at a high school in Mont-gomery County, Tenn.

The father was known to be a civil rights advocate, according to out-of-state media reports.

Initially, Jacksonville police took the suspect into custody on the fugitive warrant on June 24. Larry Hodge, a deputy at Montgomery County, initially referred to Kim as a “person of interest.”

The fugitive warrant involving theft was out of Clarksville, Tenn.

Hours after murder victims were located in, Jacksonville police were alerted about a local man wanted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department possibly being in the area.

Local police officers arrested Kim, 912 Martin St., on a fugitive warrant at about 1:30 a.m. on June 24.

This investigation was handled by the Clarksville Police and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. Both are located in Tennessee.

Lt. Joe Stevenson, public information officer for Clarksville Police Department, previously indicated that the two murders were possibly related.