Third suspect arrested in slaying of military wife
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A third person was behind bars Friday for allegedly
taking part in the slaying of a 22-year-old North County military wife whose
nude body was found dumped alongside a rural road in southern Riverside County
Dorothy Grace Marie Maraglino, 36, was arrested at a downtown San Diego
hotel on Thursday night and booked on suspicion of murder in the death of
Brittany Killgore of Fallbrook, Sheriff Bill Gore announced.
“Maraglino's arrest was a result of information and evidence obtained
during the ongoing investigation in this case,” Gore said in a prepared
statement. “No further information will be released at this time as the
Maraglino was being held at Las Colinas women's jail in Santee without
bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Killgore's body was found in a brushy area near Lake Skinner on April
17, four days after she went missing. Sheriff's officials have declined to
reveal the cause of death, only saying she was a victim of “homicidal
Also charged in the case are Jessica Lynn Lopez, 25, and Marine Corps
Staff Sgt. Louis Ray Perez, 45. Both have pleaded not guilty to murder, and
each remains jailed in lieu of $3 million bail.
Lopez was taken into custody at a Point Loma motel a few hours before
Killgore's body was discovered. Authorities at the time said information
obtained from the arrest led them to where the slain woman had been dumped.
Lopez apparently attempted suicide just prior to being arrested, leaving
behind a note that has since been sealed by a judge. She was treated at a
hospital before being booked.
Perez had been taken into custody two days earlier for allegedly
stealing an AR-15 assault rifle from Camp Pendleton, where he is based. He was
re-arrested in jail April 24 on suspicion of murdering Killgore.
On the night she disappeared, Killgore had plans to go out in downtown
San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter with Perez and another woman who canceled at the
last minute, according to investigators. Killgore sent a text message later
that night to a friend, saying she needed help, Deputy District Attorney
Patrick Espinoza said at Perez's arraignment.
Investigators subsequently contacted Perez, who said he had dropped off
Killgore in downtown San Diego, when in fact he had been in Fallbrook at the
time in question, according to Espinoza.
During a search of Perez's vehicle, detectives discovered the victim's
blood and an undisclosed type of weapon, the prosecutor told a judge.
Authorities have not revealed the nature of the relationship between
Killgore and the female suspects. However, all three women lived in Fallbrook,
and property records showed Perez and Lopez had been roommates, living near the
apartment Killgore shared with her husband. Also, locals told reporters
Killgore and Lopez frequented the same bar.
Killgore filed for divorce from her Marine husband several days before
her death. At the time, he was serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Killgore's family said she was in the process of moving to Pennsylvania to be
with family when she went missing.
Following his wife's disappearance, Cory Killgore, 22, was granted leave
to return from his overseas deployment. He has since spoken publicly about
his late wife just once, saying in a statement that she was “beautiful beyond
words” and that he was “devastated” by her loss.
“My duty to her memory is now to ensure her good reputation remains
intact, and help law enforcement and prosecutors secure justice for the person
or persons who took her away from me,” he said.
The lance corporal also urged people to “honor my wife's name, and
don't succumb to salacious gossip and rumor.”