Three accused in death of Marine wife Brittany Killgore could face capital punishment

VISTA – A Camp Pendleton Marine and two women accused in the death of a military wife from Fallbrook pleaded not guilty today to special circumstance allegations of murder during a kidnapping that could lead to the death penalty.

Louis Ray Perez, 46, Dorothy Maraglino, 37, and 26-year-old Jessica Lynn Lopez are charged in connection with the death of 22-year-old Brittany Killgore, who authorities say was killed after being abducted and forced to participate in a bondage and sadomasochistic sex ring.

The defendants also face charges of torture, conspiracy, attempted sexual battery and kidnapping. They were ordered to stand trial after a six-day preliminary hearing in March.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis will decide later if the defendants will face the death penalty or life in prison without parole if they are convicted. A status conference is scheduled for July 10.

Killgore’s body was found near Lake Skinner on April 17, 2012, four days after she agreed to go on a dinner cruise with Perez.

A deputy medical examiner testified that Killgore was strangled with some sort of ligature before being dumped near the Riverside County lake. The victim also had a deep cut from a saw below her left knee, suggesting attempted dismemberment after she died, Dr. Craig Nelson testified.

Killgore had just filed for divorce from her Marine husband — who was deployed to Afghanistan at the time — and was preparing to move back to Pennsylvania. Lance Cpl. Cory Killgore was cleared of any wrongdoing in his wife’s death.

The victim’s best friend said she and Killgore became acquainted with the defendants in 2011 but never participated in their alternative lifestyle.

Another friend testified that Killgore texted the word ”help” shortly after leaving with Perez, who told the friend in a subsequent phone call that he dropped Killgore at a bar and saw her go off with ”two guys.”

Perez allegedly took Killgore to Maraglino’s home in Fallbrook, where authorities said they found ropes, whips, a Taser, a nightstick, spiked gloves and a ”sex dungeon.”

All three defendants were involved in sexual behavior that included bondage, torture and master, servant and slave role-playing, and Killgore was an ”unwilling participant” in those activities, sheriff’s detective Susan Fiske alleged in search warrant affidavits.

A document written by Maraglino and found during a search of her Fallbrook home indicated she was a ”willing participant” in whipping, beating and asphyxiation and any ”loss of life should be considered an accident,” sheriff’s Detective Brian Patterson said.

In another letter, Maraglino wrote of a fantasy in which a person’s throat is slit from behind, Patterson testified.

3 Responses to "Three accused in death of Marine wife Brittany Killgore could face capital punishment"

  1. R.I.P. Brittany Killgore   May 11, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I hope these sickos get what they deserve even though we all know that will not happen and I recall rocks are free they should be stoned to death why waist anything else on these waist of space people!! poor Brittany R.I.P. hun

  2. FR86   May 13, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Should these individuals get a fair trial? Yes

    Should the taxpayers support them for the rest of their lives when they are convicted? Absolutely not.

    What are the alternatives? Legal authorized Capital punishment swiftly executed or life sentences doing whatever the state of California needs done requiring hard physical labor.

  3. Pink   May 13, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Unfortunately the criminals who receive death sentences usually end up living longer than those who receive life in prison. Lawyers are allowed to send in appeal after appeal. Sometimes it is better to put these monsters in with the prison populace, justice is sometimes swifter there.


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