Jurors complete second day deliberations in the murder of Brittany Killgore
VISTA (KUSI) – Jurors completed a second day of deliberations Monday without reaching a verdict in the trial of 22-year-old Brittany Killgore who was brutally murdered in Fallbrook in 2012.
Louis Ray Perez, 49, Dorothy Maraglino, 40, and Jessica Lynn Lopez, 28, are charged in the April 13, 2012. They are accused of torturing and murdering Killgore when she was caught up in a sadomasochistic sex ring.
The defendants face life in prison if convicted of murder, torture, conspiracy and other counts.
According to Deputy District Attorney Patrick Espinoza, Killgore had just filed for divorce from her Marine husband when she was allegedly lured to a meeting with Perez.
Her body was found four days later near Lake Skinner in Riverside County.
Espinoza said a stun baton and a plastic sheet with the victim’s blood and DNA on it were found in the back seat of Perez’s SUV .
Lopez’s attorney, Sloan Ostbye, told jurors that her client was a victim to a "slave” contract she entered into with Maraglino in the bondage and sadomasochistic world. Ostbye presented Lopez as a patsy, an abused servant forced to take the blame for a crime she did not commit.
"She was known as `money bitch,”’ Ostbye said. "Her role was not unsimilar (sic) to that of a dog.”
Perez’s attorney, Brad Patton, told the jury that Lopez committed the murder.
In 2011, he said, Lopez was heartbroken when another woman came between Perez and Maraglino, who were in an open relationship at the time.
Maraglino’s attorney, Jane Kinsey, told the jury that her client had abandoned her BD/SM lifestyle while she was pregnant with Perez’s child and that her only mistake was to participate in the cover-up.