A month after he was shot in the head, Kevin Jung regained consciousness last weekend in tiny but meaningful ways, his family said yesterday. The Bellevue attorney responded to...
A month after he was shot in the head, Kevin Jung regained consciousness last weekend in tiny but meaningful ways, his family said yesterday.
The Bellevue attorney responded to some questions by blinking, and his once-vacant eyes were able to track friends across the room, surprising doctors. He was moved a few days later from Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue to a nursing home in Seattle, family members said.
According to prosecutors, a rival attorney, Bill Joice, shot Jung on Nov. 3 while Jung sat in his car outside his Bellevue law office. Joice, 50, a former Snohomish County deputy prosecutor, has been charged with attempted murder and remains in the King County Jail with bail set at $5 million.
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With extensive brain damage, Jung’s prognosis is unclear. His responses last weekend were bittersweet, because he indicated that he remembered the shooting, said his sister, Kelly Force.
“I think at times he’s looking at me, he’s trying to communicate something because he just looks so sad,” Force said.
Joice and Jung, 44, had sparred in Snohomish County Superior Court since last year, representing couples in a dispute over the franchise rights to a Korean gift shop in Lynnwood. Prosecutors say Joice had been obsessed with killing Jung for several weeks, experimenting with homemade silencers and programming a police scanner.
As much as $20,000 has already been raised to help pay Jung’s medical bills and support his wife, Sally, and sons Brendan, 12, and Bryan, 9, friends said.
Family members said they need more help to pay for a long and complicated rehabilitation. Donations may be made to the Kevin Jung Family Support Fund Trust at any US Bank branch.
Ashley Bach: 206-464-2567