VISTA: Deputy Medical Examiner testifies military wife was strangled
(CNS) – A 22-year-old military wife from Fallbrook who authorities
said was killed after she was kidnapped and forced to participate in a
bondage and sadomasochistic sex ring was strangled before her naked body was
dumped in southwest Riverside County, a deputy medical examiner testified
Dr. Craig Nelson testified in a preliminary hearing for Louis Ray Perez,
46, Dorothy Maraglino, 37, and 25-year-old Jessica Lynn Lopez that the
victim, Brittany Killgore, died after being strangled with some sort of
Killgore, who had filed for divorce from her Marine husband and was
preparing to move back to Pennsylvania, also had a deep cut from a saw below
her left knee, suggesting attempted dismemberment after she died, Nelson
Nelson couldn't say whether the victim was tortured.
Perez, a Camp Pendleton Marine sergeant, his girlfriend Maraglino and
Lopez are charged with murder, conspiracy, kidnapping and torture.
Killgore's body was found near Lake Skinner last April 17, four days
after she agreed to go on a dinner cruise with Perez.
A friend testified that Killgore texted the word “help” shortly after
leaving with Perez. Perez told the friend in a subsequent phone call that he
dropped Killgore at a bar and saw her go off with “two guys,” according to
the friend's testimony.
Perez allegedly took Killgore to his Fallbrook home — where authorities
said they found ropes, whips, a Taser, a nightstick, spiked gloves and a
“sex dungeon” — before texting Lopez and Maraglino to join him.
At some point, Perez decided to kill Killgore, authorities allege.
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.
The preliminary hearing will resume tomorrow. When it is over, Judge K.
Michael Kirkman will determine whether enough evidence was presented for the
defendants to stand trial.