Police: Man strangled wife, daughter
The retired Army lieutenant colonel who was charged with murder in the deaths of his wife and daughter in Lorton Monday told a minister that he had strangled them, according to a search warrant affidavit filed Tuesday in Fairfax County Circuit Court.
Kenston K. Yi, 49, lived with his wife, Hyon C. Yi, 47, and daughter Joy J. Yi, 15, in an apartment on Cardinal Forest Lane, just off Lorton Road. Sometime after 8 a.m. Monday, Yi walked into the emergency room at DeWitt Army Community Hospital, on the Fort Belvoir Army base, and "told a doctor that he had taken Ambien and he wanted to hurt himself," according to the affidavit written by Fairfax homicide Detective Robert A. Bond.
Yi then asked to speak to a pastor, Bond wrote. When he did, Yi "advised the pastor that he strangled his wife and daughter," the affidavit states.
Police went to the apartment and found the front door closed but unlocked. Inside, they found the bodies of Hyon and Joy Yi. "The bodies appeared to have blunt force trauma to them," Bond wrote.
Autopsies were being performed Tuesday morning on both victims, and no cause of death was immediately available.
Kenston Yi retired from the Army as a lieutentant colonel last August after 30 years of active duty, during which he also attended and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
He worked largely in information technology positions, Army records show. More recently, he worked on the staff of the Chief Information Officer for the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Army officials said.
Yi did not attend his arraignment Tuesday morning, Fairfax prosecutors said, because he expressed suicidal thoughts and was moved to a hospital. He was assigned a public defender to represent him by Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Teena Grodner. The case is being heard in domestic relations court because the victims are family members.
-- Tom Jackman
June 15, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
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