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SEOUL — A South Korean civilian will face military court-martial on charges he killed one Republic of Korea marine and injured another in a Dec. 6 attack, Ministry of National Defense officials confirmed Thursday.

The ROK Marine Corps on Wednesday indicted Cho Young-suk, 35, on charges of killing the marine, robbery, arson and other charges in connection with the attack.

The MND spokesman was unable to provide a full list of charges late Thursday afternoon.

Marine investigators have said Cho committed the crime as a premeditated act meant as revenge on a former girlfriend. They have said that Cho wanted to make the woman suffer from seeing his self-destructive behavior.

The MND launched a nationwide manhunt after two marines who were returning from guard duty were struck by a vehicle that day.

The suspect, police said at the time, also stabbed both marines, stole a rifle, a grenade and ammunition, and fled.

The incident sparked speculation that the weapons would be used in an assassination attempt as the South Korean presidential election wound to a close.

Major highway arteries into Seoul slowed to a crawl as the military conducted checkpoints.

The weapons were recovered the same day that Cho was apprehended in Seoul, police have said.

The military can court-martial a civilian under Article 27 of the Korean constitution, which allows such action when someone is accused of certain offenses, such as injuring military guards.

Spokesmen from the MND have said that Cho will face the death penalty if he is charged with killing the guard.


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