West Des Moines man dies after being bound, gagged; wife arrested

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa woman is charged with murder after police say she bound and gagged her husband for hours, leading to his death.

Gowun Park, 41 (Courtesy: Dallas County Jail)

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 an assistant professor of economics at Simpson College, according to a statement provided by the school. Officials said that have been told by police that there is no threat or suspected link to anybody on campus.

Park is being held at the Dallas County Jail.