Trial postponed for Leesburg woman charged with murdering her husband

October 5, 2013

A Leesburg woman charged with murdering her husband will undergo a 30-day mental evaluation before facing a jury trial, the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said after a hearing Monday in Loudoun County Circuit Court.

Dae Hwang, 57, is charged with first-degree murder in the March 2 stabbing of her husband. According to testimony at a May 2 preliminary hearing in the case, she thought that her husband, Kyung Hwang, 63, had fathered a child outside their marriage.

Police were called shortly after 6 a.m. to the couple’s home on Chickasaw Place, Leesburg, where they found Kyung Hwang’s body in an upstairs bedroom, according to testimony and court records. Dae Hwang, who made the call to police, told authorities that she had killed her husband, according to testimony and a recording of the 911 call, which was played at the preliminary hearing.

A jury trial had been scheduled to begin Oct. 28 but has been removed from the court docket to allow for Hwang to undergo a 30-day mental evaluation at Central State Hospital in Petersburg, Va., court officials said.

According to an affidavit for a search warrant, Hwang had reportedly struggled with depression and was convinced that her husband, a pastor of Nova First Church in Leesburg, had had a romantic relationship with a female pastor from another church. Police confiscated medical records and prescription medication from the home, according to court records.

At the May preliminary hearing, officers described a grisly scene. Kyung Hwang was facedown in a pool of blood with an electrical cord around his neck, according to testimony. His body had numerous bite marks and stab wounds, including one that had pierced his skull, authorities said.

The couple’s neighbors in the Edwards Landing subdivision told The Washington Post they were stunned by the gruesome killing. The couple, who have two adult daughters, had always been friendly and generous to neighbors, they said.

At the hearing Monday, Judge Thomas D. Horne ordered that a report of the mental evaluation’s findings be provided to the court and counsel by Nov. 4, according to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. A review hearing is scheduled for Nov. 8.

Caitlin Gibson covers Loudoun County for The Washington Post.
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