Leesburg woman charged with murder appears in court

Dae Hwang, a 57-year-old Leesburg woman charged with fatally stabbing her husband, was arraigned Monday morning in Loudoun County juvenile and domestic relations court.

Dae, handcuffed and clad in an orange and white-striped jumpsuit, appeared via closed-circuit courtroom video. Through a Korean interpreter, Dae said she understood that she faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of her husband.

She appeared somber but otherwise showed little emotion during the brief appearance, often keeping her eyes lowered.

Dae’s husband, Kyung Hwang, 63, was found dead with multiple stab wounds after Leesburg police responded to a 911 call at the couple’s home on Chicksaw Place in Leesburg shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday, authorities said. Police said Dae made the 911 call.

Police charged Dae with murder later that day, according to authorities.

At the arraignment Monday, Dae told Judge Pamela L. Brooks that she does not have a job. Brooks said she would appoint a public defender.

Dae remains held without bond in the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. A preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled for April 25.

Caitlin Gibson is a local news and features writer for The Washington Post.

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