Father Speaks After Trial Set For Woman Accused Of Strangling Children

Feb 24, 2020, 11:03 PM | Updated: 11:06 pm

LAYTON, Utah – A trial is in sight for the Layton woman accused of strangling and killing her two children in 2010, deaths her ex-husband said, were not accidental.

“I hope that people still remember,” said Kenneth Warhola, nine years after he said he found the bodies of his two children in his home. “They were good kids.”

James, 8, was a creative third grader in 2010. His 7-year-old sister, Jean Marie, loved singing, dancing and princesses. All thats left are the pictures and mementos Warhola keeps behind a glass case and the many memories he still has of them.

“They had their whole lives ahead of them,” said Warhola, who has tried to keep their memory alive. “That was taken away. That was taken away from them.”

On Sept. 8, 2010, Warhola came home from work to find their mother Sun Cha barricaded in their son’s room. Police said Warhola forced his way inside, where he found the bodies of his two children on the bed, covered in a blanket. Their mother, Sun Cha, is accused of strangling them. Investigators said some injuries showed the children had struggled to make her stop.

Warhola has pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated murder.

“I want justice for both of them. That’s what I want,” Warhola said.

A trial for the case was finally scheduled after Sun Cha spent eight years in the Utah State Hospital. On Monday, she stood next to her attorney and translator, shackled and silent — but according to recent mental health evaluations — competent to stand trial.

“There’s significant mental health issues in this case and it’s going to require preparation,” her attorney told the judge during Monday’s brief court appearance. He asked the judge to schedule the trial, which he anticipates taking five days, for Jan. 2021.

“As far as being a danger to James and Jean, I didn’t see that,” Warhola said, adding he did see some violence in her.

Warhola hopes those involved in the case don’t lose sight of the two children he lost. He’s called for a prison sentence of at least 25 years for Sun Cha.

“These murders were not accidental,” Warhola said. “They were innocent kids. They were just young.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Follow @KSL_AlexCabrero...
Alex Cabrero

Two members of USU Aviation program killed in plane crash

Two people died Friday morning in a small airplane crash in Cache County.
1 day ago
Chris Jensen and Chris Wharton have been married for six years....
Mike Anderson

LGBTQ+ community concerned Supreme Court could revisit same-sex marriage

An opinion filed by Justice Clarence Thomas has some people concerned over whether the Supreme Court could reconsider other past rulings, including same-sex marriage and contraception.
1 day ago
Erin Cox

Faith leaders: Abortion conversation has changed, not religious stances

KSL's Erin Cox spoke one-on-one with some of Utah's most influential faith leaders about how their stances on abortion have not changed, but the conversations surrounding them have.
1 day ago
Shara Park

Two Utah Olympians experience ride of a lifetime with Air Force Thunderbirds

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds gave a “Hometown Hero” ride of a lifetime to two of Utah’s Olympians Friday as final preparations are underway for this weekend’s Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show at Hill Air Force Base.
1 day ago
FILE: Image of a pregnant woman. (Deseret News, Sara Reid)...
Ashley Moser

Does Utah adequately fund support for women with unwanted pregnancies?

The number one reason Utah women seek an abortion is socioeconomic, according to statistics from the Utah Department of Health. As KSL's Ashley Moser explains, experts say there are policies lawmakers should consider right now to help women financially.
1 day ago
The Utah State Capitol on Friday, March 25 when the Utah House and Senate voted to overturn a veto....
Larry D. Curtis

BREAKING: Abortion now prohibited in Utah

The Utah law prohibiting abortion, with some exceptions, is now part of Utah legal code according to a notice sent from the Utah State Legislature Friday.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Father Speaks After Trial Set For Woman Accused Of Strangling Children