Hollywood Ripper Discovered Guilty of Murder Following Ashton Kutcher Testimony


UPDATE:  A jury has advisable that Michael Gargiulo be sentenced to death for murdering two females and attempting to murder an additional 1, a choice that they came to in a mere seven hours. He will study his fate at the sentencing on Feb. 28, 2020.


Accused serial killer Michael Gargiulo, aka “Hollywood Ripper,” has been located guilty of the murder of two women, which includes 1 who was dating Ashton Kutcher at the time, and the attempted murder of an additional 1.

The verdict was handed down at Los Angeles court on Thursday, NBC Los Angeles reported, extra than two months following the actor testified against the 43-year-old defendant. The sentence has however to be announced and prosecutors are seeing a death penalty.

Garguilo’s trial started in Might. he had pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and an attempted-murder stemming from attacks in the Los Angeles location among 2001 and 2008, the year he was arrested.

A single of his victims, 22-year-old style student and stripper Ashley Ellerin, was located dead in 2001 in her Hollywood Hills household. Prosecutors say Gargiulo stabbed her 47 occasions.

Kutcher testified a couple of months ago that the evening ahead of her murder, he had stopped to choose her up for a date and saw the lights had been on but that she did not answer the door. He saw by way of a window what he believed had been red wine stains on a carpet carpeted stairway. He stated he then left, thinking she had currently gone out with a pal. The following morning, Ellerin’s roommate found her body and Kutcher discovered what occurred to her. He spoke to police and stated he was “freaking out” simply because he knew his fingerprints would be on the home’s front door.

The actor’s testimony marked his 1st public comments about Ellerin’s killing.

Ashton Kutcher, Michael Gargiulo, Court

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Gargiulo is believed to have stalked young females who lived close to him for 15 years. He allegedly in some cases made use of his job as an air-conditioning repairman to obtain entry into their properties. 

Michael Gargiulo, Victims, Tricia Pacaccio, Ashley Ellerin, Maria Bruno, Michelle Murphy

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In addition to Ellerin, he is accused of fatally stabbing 32-year-old Maria Bruno in her bed inside her apartment in El Monte, California and mutilating her body in 2005, and also stabbing an additional lady, Michelle Murphy, 26, eight occasions in her Santa Monica apartment in 2008. She survived.

Gargiulo had told CBS’ 48 Hours in 2011,” when asked about the California attacks, “I am 100 % innocent.” 

Gargiulo is also anticipated to stand trial over the 1993 fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Tricia Pacaccio, the sister of 1 of his pals, outside her family’s household close to Chicago. Gargiulo’s attorney had told the jury at the Los Angeles trial that his client denies killing all 3 females.

(This story was initially published on Thurs. Aug 15, 2019 at 11:14 a.m. PST.)

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