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Autopsy shows victims were stabbed, strangled

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Bryan Kim faces two counts of Second Degree Murder in the death of his parents Bryan Kim faces two counts of Second Degree Murder in the death of his parents
Teresa Kim is Bryan Kim's mother and was a teacher at Rogers High School Teresa Kim is Bryan Kim's mother and was a teacher at Rogers High School

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Department says an autopsy has revealed the cause of death for double homicide victims Richard and Teresa Kim.  Officials say Richard Kim died of multiple stab wounds.  Teresa Kim was reportedly strangled.  The couples 18-year-old son Bryan P. Kim is facing two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths.  Their bloody bodies were found in the bucket of a small tractor in an outbuilding of their Mount Spokane-area home yesterday.

Court documents say Bryan Kim suffers from bipolar disorder and had just been told he would have to move out of the family home by January.

Richard Kim was a respiratory specialist at Apria Health Services. Teresa Kim was a math teacher at Rogers High School, which ended classes early Thursday to give students and staff time to grieve. Detectives told a judge that Bryan Kim has a history of prior arrests for assault, kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment involving his parents.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - More information is surfacing about the teenager accused of killing both his parents on their property on Mount Spokane.  According to court documents obtained by KHQ, police had been to Bryan Kim's home at least two times to resolve fights he had with his parents.

Court documents reveal the younger Kim injured his mother with a golf club in November 2002.  According to the police report, the boy tried to hit his father with the club, missed, and then threw the club at the wall.  It bounced off the wall and hit his mother in the head, "leaving a small lump", the report said.

The report said he then ran upstairs to his room and slammed the door several times and broke the doorframe.

After that incident, Kim was ordered to participate in a psychiatric program.  A judge also labeled him a "threat to community safety".

Before the golf club incident however, Kim had already been in trouble with police.  According to court documents, police were called to the Kim residence in July 2002 after Brian had holed himself up in the family's bathroom for more than four hours.

Teresa Kim called police for help in dealing with her son.  When police arrived, Bryan refused to open the door. Teresa gave the officers permission to break down the door, at which point Bryan fought with the officers and threatened them with a broomstick.  According to the documents, an officer sprayed pepper spray into Bryan's eyes and placed him in handcuffs. 

Bryan's run-ins with the law paint one picture, but other teenagers who knew him at Mt. Spokane High School painted another.  Those who spoke to KHQ said they didn't believe Kim to be a violent person.  They called him "nice", and someone who liked to talk to people.

Bryan Kim also maintained a space on myspace.com, using the handle "Victor Vidonia".  On his site, he included his favorite music, pictures of friends - including someone he called his girlfriend - and wrote several entries on a blog.

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