Editor’s Note: The following story has been corrected to identify the Judge involved as Robert Pell.
CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A man who police said attempted to hire someone to kill family members of a 13-year-old girl, who he had been charged with attacking during an Indiana University violin camp, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder.
The jury trial of Dongwook Ko, in Clay County Superior Court came to a close Friday with the jury delivering a guilty verdict. Clay County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Zach Clapp said information was gathered through an informant regarding Ko’s plans.
Originally charged in December, 2021, Ko reportedly had a list of 14 people he wanted “terminated, disabled, and smashed”. However, during a jail phone call to the undercover officer posing as a potential hitman, Ko only requested the death of a singular name, leading to the singular charge, Clapp explained.
When discussing the case Clapp remarked that the jury “got it right” and said had Ko spoken to the right people, this incident could have resulted in many people being hurt or killed. He said the Clay County Sheriff’s Office was the lead investigators in this case.
Clapp said Ko also has a pending case in Monroe County as well.
Following the guilty verdict, Judge Robert Pell ordered a pre-sentence investigation be completed and scheduled a sentencing hearing for 1:30 p.m. on November 29.