VISTA, Calif. – A man and two women involved in a sadomasochistic sex ring are guilty of torturing and murdering a 22-year-old military wife at a home in Fallbrook jurors said Wednesday.
The panel found Louis Ray Perez, 49, Dorothy Maraglino, 40, and Jessica Lynn Lopez, 28, guilty of 1st degree murder in the April 13, 2012, death of Brittany Killgore. The defendants were also found guilty of the special circumstance of kidnapping Killgore and could face life in prison when they are sentenced.
Killgore had just filed for divorce from her Marine husband, who was deployed to Afghanistan, when she was allegedly lured to a meeting with Perez. Her body was found four days later near Lake Skinner in Riverside County. FOX 5 talked to Killgore's mother after court, "our daughter was a beautiful woman inside and out and unfortunately she ran across people that were not good - were monsters. And they took her life."
According to Deputy District Attorney Patrick Espinoza, a stun baton found in the back of Perez's SUV had the victim's DNA on it. A plastic sheet in the back of Perez's car also had the victim's blood on it, Espinoza told the jury.
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.''
Because of the sensitive nature of the evidence in the case. Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom during the trial until the verdicts were reached, and said the prosecutor, the wrong conclusions were drawn about Killgore
"A neighbor was put on camera and made a statement to believe that victim Brittany Killgore was part of the BDSM community. That’s not true. That’s never been true."