U.S. attorney from S. Korea nabbed for allegedly killing wife

SEOUL, – A South Korean man, who holds a U.S. attorney license, has been put under emergency detention on charges of beating his wife to death during a quarrel at their residence in Seoul, police said Monday.

The man in his 50s, who worked at a major law firm in South Korea as a U.S. lawyer, was taken into custody Sunday for allegedly assaulting his wife in her 40s with an unspecified blunt instrument to death the same day, according to the Seoul Jongno Police Station.

The suspect called emergency medical services and said his wife had a head injury. Officials transferred her to a nearby hospital, but she was pronounced dead, police and fire authorities said.

The couple was having a squabble over financial issues due to a personality clash at the time of the incident and had long experienced such troubles, they added.

The man had recently quit his job at the law firm and is reportedly a son of a former multi-term lawmaker.

The police plan to request an arrest warrant for the suspect and conduct an autopsy of the woman to determine the exact cause of her death.

Source: Yonhap News Agency