VISTA: Trial ordered for Marine, two women, accused in military wife’s strangulation
(CNS) – A Camp Pendleton Marine and two women were ordered this week
to stand trial on murder, torture and other charges stemming from the death of
a military wife from Fallbrook, who authorities say was killed after being
kidnapped and forced to participate in a bondage and sadomasochistic sex ring.
After a six-day preliminary hearing, Vista Judge K. Michael Kirkman
found that enough evidence was presented for Louis Ray Perez, 46, Dorothy
Maraglino, 37, and 25-year-old Jessica Lynn Lopez to proceed to trial.
In addition to murder and torture, the defendants are charged with
conspiracy, attempted sexual battery and kidnapping.
Brittany Killgore's body was found near Lake Skinner last April 17, four
days after the 22-year-old victim 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
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 testified today.
In another letter, Maraglino wrote of a fantasy in which a person's
throat is slit from behind, Patterson testified.
A status conference is scheduled Thursday in Kirkman's courtroom.