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Lawyer Wants to Know What's on Hard Drives of 'Person of Interest'

Lawyer Wants to Know What's on Hard Drives of 'Person of Interest'

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- The lawyer for a man accused of stealing women's underwear from dormitories and apartments has requested a hearing on disclosing investigators' evidence to the defense.

Des Connall, who represents Sung Koo Kim, indicated in Benton County Circuit Court this week that he is interested in seeing what's on several computer drives seized by investigators last spring.

Kim, 30, faces charges of theft and burglary in Benton County, as well as similar charges in Multnomah, Yamhill and Washington counties, plus charges of possessing child pornography and encouraging child sex abuse.

He also is considered a significant person of interest in the case of Brooke Wilberger, a Brigham Young University student who disappeared May 24. Police say they found on Kim's computer 40,000 pictures of women being tortured and raped, as well as a document that describes the rape, torture and mutilation of a woman titled osu.doc.

Police say that Kim had been researching biographical information about a female Oregon State University swimmer who was scheduled to move into the Oak Park Apartments, where Wilberger vanished, in late May.

In addition, Kim's computer allegedly showed he'd done multiple Internet searches on "non-extraditable countries," countries that won't send a person back to the United States for prosecution.

Connall said he wants to see copies of the contents of three hard drives found in Kim's computer, a hard drive found in his closet and one from his laptop. Oregon statutes require prosecution and defense attorneys in a criminal case to share with each other all information that is to be presented as evidence at the trial.

Chief Deputy District Attorney John Haroldson argued Connall's request was too broad, that he was asking for information that relates to the Wilberger investigation and not just to the charges Kim is currently facing in Benton County. The pending charges stand alone, he said, and do not relate to Wilberger.

Benton County Circuit Judge Janet Holcomb scheduled a hearing on Connall's discovery motion for Dec. 8.

Release hearings have been scheduled in all four counties in which Kim faces charges Nov. 19 in Multnomah County; Nov. 24 in Yamhill County; Nov. 30 in Washington County; and Dec. 17 in Benton County.

Kim's bail on panty theft and possession of child pornography charges totals $15.1 million.

Information from: Corvallis Gazette-Times

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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