Attorneys Named In Kim Case
Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty In Fatal Attack
HARRISONBURG — A Rockingham County judge appointed two attorneys Thursday to represent a Richmond man accused of murdering one of two owners of a Clover Hill convenience store in February.
Following a six-week investigation, Javon Lamont Arrington, 21, was arrested March 28 on six felony counts, including capital murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Arrington is accused of shooting to death Eun Sim Kim, 51, of Harrisonburg, during an apparent robbery at Dry River Store, 1228 Clover Hill Road, on Feb. 15. Her husband, 54-year-old Jae Young, was severely beaten and shot during the robbery and remains at University of Virginia Medical Center.
During a brief hearing Thursday, Judge T.J. Wilson appointed Arlington-based attorney Edward Ungvarsky of the Capital Defenders’ Office to represent Arrington. Local attorney Gene Hart was appointed to serve as co-counsel.
Wilson was required to appoint an attorney who has met the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission’s qualifications to defend capital cases. The only area attorney qualified to be a lead attorney in a death penalty case is John Holloran of Harrisonburg. Holloran, however, already is lead counsel in an ongoing death penalty case in Shenandoah County.
Wilson scheduled Arrington to appear in court on May 8. On that date, the judge will schedule future hearings and a trial date.
The Kim family was in court for Thursday’s proceeding but declined to comment after the hearing.
The store has remained closed since the crime but a “help wanted” sign has been posted on the building. The family plans to reopen the store.
Arrington, who was indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury on March 24, was taken into custody four days later without incident at a home in the Gilpin Court area of Richmond.
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