BENSALEM, Pa. (Feb. 27, 2004) — A tire shop worker has been bound over for trial on charges he murdered his store manager, authorities said.
Karen Diaz, chief deputy for the Bucks County district attorney, told Tire Business a judge bound over charges, including first degree murder, against Ken Kim at a preliminary hearing last month. No trial date has yet been set.
According to authorities, Mr. Kim allegedly shot his manager, Joseph Phillips, 39, following an argument Dec. 12. The two worked at a Firestone Tire & Service Center in Bensalem. Mr. Phillips was later taken off life support and died Jan. 10. He is survived by his wife, two children and other family members.
Mr. Phillips reportedly told Mr. Kim to go home after he drove a vehicle out of a work bay without securing the lug nuts properly, according to the district attorney's office. Mr. Kim allegedly walked out to his truck, started it, then walked back toward the bay area. Authorities said he walked up to Mr. Phillips and fired several rounds into his chest. Police apprehended Mr. Kim following a short car chase.
According to local media, a co-worker testified during the preliminary hearing that Mr. Kim had asked him twice that morning to help him put tires on vehicles. The co-worker refused since he was busy, but when he tried to call 911 after the shooting, Mr. Kim reportedly pointed a gun at him and said, “It's all your fault.” According to reports, Mr. Kim then made a phone call and left.