Robert Bush 6:31 p.m., May 18
The attorney for murder-defendant Jessica Lynn Lopez has asked a California appellate court to halt release of papers which are expected to reveal new details in the high-profile case. Lopez and two others are accused in the death of Brittany Killgore, a woman married to a Marine who was deployed overseas. The missing woman’s strangled body was found the same day that Jessica Lopez and a handwritten letter in her room were seized by authorities.
In paperwork released just an hour ago, Sloan Ostbye seemed to confirm that her client Lopez did write a “seven page suicide letter that police seized when they arrested her.” Ostbye stated, “The letter denigrates and potentially implicates the decedent – to the intense consternation of her family.”
Attorney Ostbye stated that “much in the letter is false or at least misleading and possibly delusional.” She also stated that the letter is “hugely inflammatory” and contains “extraordinarily salacious details” that would be “damaging to both defendant and victim.” The attorney repeated her previous complaint about interest in this criminal case from national media and television shows such as Nancy Grace and 20-20 and 48 Hours.
Ostbye stated “one defendant was apparently jockeying for a better position with the public by seeking the letter’s disclosure” – this refers to co-defendant Louis Perez’ attorney joining the media’s attorney in asking for release of what are supposed to be public documents.
Without a “stay” from an appellate court, redacted search warrants and their information-rich affidavits will become “unsealed” on Monday July 16, per order of Judge Runston Maino of San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse.