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Jury chosen for alleged Killgore killers

“Stay healthy” and “take vitamins,” advises judge

Louis Perez, attorney Patton, Dorothy Maraglino, attorney Kinsey, Jessica Lopez, attorney Ostbye, June 5, 2015.
Louis Perez, attorney Patton, Dorothy Maraglino, attorney Kinsey, Jessica Lopez, attorney Ostbye, June 5, 2015.

A jury of nine women and three men was seated this morning, September 10, for the trial of three people accused of murdering Brittany Dawn Killgore in April of 2012. Jury selection began with a questionnaire given to hundreds of prospective jurors a week ago.

A panel of five alternate jurors (four men and one woman) will also hear evidence for the duration of the trial, expected to last two months and conclude sometime before Thanksgiving. San Diego Superior Court judge K. Michael Kirkman has instructed all his jurors to “stay healthy” and “take vitamins.”

Louis Ray Perez (49), Jessica Lynn Lopez (28), and Dorothy Grace Marie Maraglino (40) have all pleaded not guilty to charges of torture, murder, and conspiracy. Each defendant has been held in custody for more than three years, in lieu of $3 million bail.

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The body of 22-year-old Killgore was found dumped by the side of a road in Riverside County four days after she went missing. The victim was married to a Marine who was deployed to Afghanistan at the time of her murder.

Prosecutor Patrick Espinoza has alleged that Britany Killgore was last seen getting into a car with Louis Perez the night of April 13, 2012. Thirteen minutes later, the doomed woman sent a one-word text message to a friend stating “HELP,” according to evidence presented during a preliminary hearing in March of 2013. Perez was a staff sergeant with the Marines at the time of his arrest.

Prosecutors claim Killgore was taken to the home of Dorothy Maraglino in downtown Fallbrook.

The prosecutor is asserting that the night of the murder, Perez drove the victim to the home of Maraglino, located one mile from Killgore’s apartment in Fallbrook.

Investigators have declared that a downstairs room of that home was “set up as some type of sex dungeon,” according to sworn statements found in warrant requests. The prosecutor has asserted that all three defendants were part of a “Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism (BDSM) community” and that Killgore was kidnapped, abused, and killed as part of a sadomasochistic fantasy.

A plastic bag and gloves recovered from Perez’s car tested positive for blood, and that blood was DNA-matched to Killgore, according to evidence presented at a previous hearing.

San Diego County district attorney Bonnie Dumanis removed the possibility of the death penalty from the case last December; the maximum possible sentence is now life in prison without parole if any defendant is convicted of the charges.

Four months after she was taken into custody, Maraglino, then 37, gave birth to a baby who was fathered by her Perez, then 46. At that time, in August of 2012, Perez was married to different woman, with whom he had lived on the Camp Pendleton military base, with their daughter.

Opening statements for the trial are expected on September 14 in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse in Vista.

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Louis Perez, attorney Patton, Dorothy Maraglino, attorney Kinsey, Jessica Lopez, attorney Ostbye, June 5, 2015.
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A jury of nine women and three men was seated this morning, September 10, for the trial of three people accused of murdering Brittany Dawn Killgore in April of 2012. Jury selection began with a questionnaire given to hundreds of prospective jurors a week ago.

A panel of five alternate jurors (four men and one woman) will also hear evidence for the duration of the trial, expected to last two months and conclude sometime before Thanksgiving. San Diego Superior Court judge K. Michael Kirkman has instructed all his jurors to “stay healthy” and “take vitamins.”

Louis Ray Perez (49), Jessica Lynn Lopez (28), and Dorothy Grace Marie Maraglino (40) have all pleaded not guilty to charges of torture, murder, and conspiracy. Each defendant has been held in custody for more than three years, in lieu of $3 million bail.

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The body of 22-year-old Killgore was found dumped by the side of a road in Riverside County four days after she went missing. The victim was married to a Marine who was deployed to Afghanistan at the time of her murder.

Prosecutor Patrick Espinoza has alleged that Britany Killgore was last seen getting into a car with Louis Perez the night of April 13, 2012. Thirteen minutes later, the doomed woman sent a one-word text message to a friend stating “HELP,” according to evidence presented during a preliminary hearing in March of 2013. Perez was a staff sergeant with the Marines at the time of his arrest.

Prosecutors claim Killgore was taken to the home of Dorothy Maraglino in downtown Fallbrook.

The prosecutor is asserting that the night of the murder, Perez drove the victim to the home of Maraglino, located one mile from Killgore’s apartment in Fallbrook.

Investigators have declared that a downstairs room of that home was “set up as some type of sex dungeon,” according to sworn statements found in warrant requests. The prosecutor has asserted that all three defendants were part of a “Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism (BDSM) community” and that Killgore was kidnapped, abused, and killed as part of a sadomasochistic fantasy.

A plastic bag and gloves recovered from Perez’s car tested positive for blood, and that blood was DNA-matched to Killgore, according to evidence presented at a previous hearing.

San Diego County district attorney Bonnie Dumanis removed the possibility of the death penalty from the case last December; the maximum possible sentence is now life in prison without parole if any defendant is convicted of the charges.

Four months after she was taken into custody, Maraglino, then 37, gave birth to a baby who was fathered by her Perez, then 46. At that time, in August of 2012, Perez was married to different woman, with whom he had lived on the Camp Pendleton military base, with their daughter.

Opening statements for the trial are expected on September 14 in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse in Vista.

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What a bunch of human trash. They have no chance and will be convicted. Just a waste of time and money. They will get LWOP and the lawyers will get another payday.

Sept. 10, 2015

Alex, while I agree, you never know about a jury and what it might do. Just look back to the Julie Harper trial, and you'll see what I mean.

Sept. 10, 2015

Yup, one can never underestimate the stupidity of a jury.

Sept. 14, 2015

So sorry for the lady who got caught up in this and died for it.

It was bound to happen; and there are many more people like them on the loose. These three were part of an underground organization called TNG, most of them members of the military who get together to beat and torture people. Some of their "parties" serve alcohol and allow under-age people to attend.

Sept. 18, 2015

Jury went into deliberations the morning of October 16, and the morning of October 21 at 11 a.m. it has been announced they have reached a verdict.

Oct. 21, 2015

All three defendants were declared guilty of murder during kidnap, and torture and attempted sexual assault, and conspiracy.

Oct. 21, 2015

After the verdicts, prosecutors Garrett Wong and Patrick Espinoza were available to the news media. Espinoza took the opportunity to criticize erroneous news reports that had been circulated over the years, those false stories had suggested that victim Brittany Killgore voluntarily participated in sado-masochistic behavior with the defendants.

Oct. 21, 2015

Brad Patton was supposed to be a really tough defense attorney, but even his silver tongue couldn't deny the obvious. The Marine Corps has been silent on all this, but did separate Perez. In looking for a "few good men", the Corps sure screwed up with that ape. I'm still trying to figure out how the guy was a staff sergeant at age 46, and still on active duty. The only conclusion is that he was allowed to enlist during some period of lax recruiting standards at a relatively advanced age for a recruit. Well, he'll have the rest of his life to wonder why he was ever born.

Oct. 22, 2015
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