Ken Leighton 2:46 p.m., Oct. 15
New Charges and Details in Brittany Killgore Murder
A prosecutor filed new paperwork today, making new allegations against three persons charged in the death of Brittany Killgore, a 22-year-old woman who was married to a Marine deployed to Afghanistan when she was killed.
Deputy District Attorney Patrick Espinoza filed a new “amended complaint” this morning in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse. The prosecutor listed 42 “overt acts” in support of his new charges of criminal conspiracy to kidnap Brittany Killgore and then torture and sexually batter the woman before ultimately murdering her.
The new allegations could qualify as “special circumstances” if the District Attorney’s office chooses to pursue the death penalty, in future. This decision probably would not be announced until after a preliminary hearing, which was re-set today for December 3.
Louis Perez, 46, and Jessica Lopez, 25, and Dorothy Maraglino, 37, all pleaded not guilty to all charges through their court-appointed attorneys.
According to the prosecutor, on the day of the crimes Louis Perez announced to persons who were part of a “Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism (BDSM) community that he was planning on engaging in a BDSM session” that weekend.
The prosecutor also claimed that Brittany Killgore had texted Louis Perez that same day, April 13 2012, asking Perez if he knew anyone who could help her move, and Perez texted in reply, “Party with me tonight & you’ll have five guys there in the morning.” Louis Perez had asked Killgore earlier in the day to go on dinner-cruise with him that same evening, but she had declined, the prosecutor alleges.
Perez also directed co-defendant Dorothy Maraglino to phone Brittany Killgore to tell her that the dinner-cruise tickets were already purchased and would go to waste if she didn’t use them with Perez that night, the prosecutor alleged. And Perez did go to Killgore’s apartment and did pick her up that evening at 7:37 p.m., the prosecutor stated, and thirteen minutes later Killgore texted one word to a friend: “help.”
The prosecutor alleges that Perez took the kidnapped woman to Dorothy Maraglino’s home in Fallbrook, which is a short distance from Killgore’s apartment, and then Perez summoned Maraglino and Jessica Lopez home from a nearby shopping center.
Then the three accused persons “acted out parts of fantasies that members of the conspiracy had previously communicated within the BDSM community which included kidnapping a woman off the street, taking the woman somewhere, playing with the woman and raping the woman,” the prosecutor charged in the new paperwork. The alleged attack included use of a stun baton and causing “incised wounds” and a ligature on the victim’s neck, according to the prosecutor.
Brittany Killgore’s abused body was found four days later, April 17, in a remote part of a county which borders the northern edge of San Diego County.