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An appeals court has issued a “stay” to stop release of documents which San Diego media hoped to get access to today, Monday July 16.

The Court of Appeal sent out a fax just before 5 p.m. Friday which stated a San Diego judge’s orders to release certain search warrants “are stayed pending further order of this court.” This effectively stops release of the supposedly public documents to media interests which have gone to court trying to get access. The sought-after documents are assumed to have information about a high-profile murder. After several hearing in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse, Judge Runston Maino had ordered a limited number of redacted documents to be released after 5 p.m. Monday July 16.

Judge Maino was notified by fax from the appellate court first, and then he sent an email notice to an attorney who had argued on behalf of a conglomeration of San Diego media.

Three defendants have been charged with the murder of a woman married to a Marine deployed overseas; the body of Brittany Killgore was found in April.

Jessica Lopez, 25, and Dorothy Maraglino, 36, and Louis Perez, 45, have all pleaded not guilty to a single murder charge.

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