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Iowa man dies after being bound, gagged; wife arrested

An Iowa woman is charged with murder after police say she bound and gagged her husband for hours, leading to his death.

Posted: Feb 19, 2020 2:47 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2020 6:37 PM

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A college economics professor was arrested after police in a Des Moines, Iowa, suburb say she bound and gagged her husband for hours, leading to his death.

West Des Moines police say officers arrested 41-year-old Gowun Park on Wednesday. The charges stem from the death Saturday of her husband, 41-year-old Sung Nam.

Court records say Park used zip ties to bind Nam's feet and hands to a chair, jammed clothing into his mouth and used duct tape to attach a towel over his head.

Officers were called Saturday evening and found Nam on the floor. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Park is being held at the Dallas County Jail.

She has been suspended from her position as an assistant professor of economics at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.

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