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Cops: Man Killed Niece With Crowbar

August 13, 1998

MIAMI (AP) _ Deputies say the mother of a 13-year-old girl who died from a crowbar blow to the head had prevented officers from serving a restraining order on the man suspected of the attack.

Eunice Brown was killed Monday when Myong Sun Ji raised the crowbar to threaten the girl’s mother, who is also his sister, and Brown stepped in, police said.

Ji, 33, was found Tuesday hiding in a marina near the home and was being held without bond on a murder charge.

Although Ji had been ordered by a court to stay away from the home, his sister, Myong Brown, helped prevent police from serving Ji with the restraining order.

When a deputy attempted to serve the order, she claimed she was Myong Sun Ji. The deputy did not check the description on the order to see that it named a man, so Ji was never served with the document.

``She would go to any lengths to protect him,″ Broward County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Leljedal said Wednesday.

The restraining order had been requested by Brown’s husband, Allan Brown.

Ji began living with the Brown family four months ago, after arriving from his native South Korea. Allan Brown received a restraining order against him in late July, claiming Ji showed ``animosity toward myself and the children.″

He also claimed Mrs. Brown lied to doctors twice to keep her brother from being involuntarily committed ``after suicide attempts and violence and aggressive behavior,″ and covered up an assault record in his native Korea.

But the day before Mr. Brown sought the restraining order, his wife obtained one against him on the grounds he threatened her. Consequently, Mr. Brown was not home at the time of the attack.

No charges have been filed against Mrs. Brown, but Leljedal said the investigation is continuing.

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