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November 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Alleged affair behind fatal Bellevue shooting

A 43-year-old Microsoft programmer was charged today with second-degree murder for allegedly killing a man he suspected was having an affair with his wife, according to King County prosecutors.

Sung Ho Kim, who has no known criminal history, is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.

Just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, Kim’s wife called 911 and Bellevue police responded to the downtown apartment where she runs a business, charging papers say. Police found Jin Young Kim, the wife’s employee, slumped over his desk, dead from a gunshot wound to the head, the papers say. The suspect and victim are not related.

The wife told detectives she had an emotional affair with Jin Young Kim, but not a physical one, charging papers say. She and her husband, who live in Redmond, have an 8-year-old son together.

Sung Ho Kim allegedly came to the apartment as his wife and Jin Young Kim were preparing to leave, charging papers say. All three went back inside because Sung Ho Kim said he wanted to speak with them and Jin Young Kim sat down at his desk, the papers say. The two men allegedly argued — Sung Ho Kim wanted the victim fired and to stay away from his family, while Jin Young Kim said he couldn’t be fired because of his contract, allegedly demanding $500,000 to leave the business and Sung’s family alone, charging papers say.

Sung Ho Kim allegedly became enraged, pulled out a Glock 9mm handgun, and shot Jin Young Kim once in the head, according to charging papers. He then tossed the weapon out of a window and told his wife to call 911, the papers say.

The weapon was later found on the ground outside the window, the papers say. Sung Ho Kim was arrested at the scene.

Charging documents don’t indicate what kind of business was being operated out of the apartment and there isn’t a record of the wife’s business license on the state Department of Licensing’s website.

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