Members of Sex Bondage Ring to Stand Trial in Murder of Marine Wife
VISTA Calif. (KTLA) — Three members of a sex bondage ring were ordered to stand trial Monday in the murder of Marine wife, Brittany Killgore.
The decision comes after six days of lurid testimony during which investigators outlined how they believe the 22-year old Fallbrook woman was unwittingly lured to a violent death when she agreed to go on a dinner cruise.
Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Louis Ray Perez, 46, Dorothy Grace Marie Maraglino, 37, and Jessica Lynn Lopez, 25, are charged with first-degree murder in April 2012 crime.
The defendants, who have all pleaded not guilty, are also charged with conspiracy, kidnapping and torture.
Killgore had agreed to go on a dinner cruise with Perez the night of April 13 in exchange for his help in moving her belongings out of her Fallbrook apartment.
But instead, prosecutors allege Perez kidnapped Killgore.
Within 13 minutes of getting into Perez’s truck, Killgore reportedly texted a friend, “Help.”
Moments later the friend texted back, “Brittany are u okay I am freaking out here.”
Perez allegedly took the young woman to the home of co-defendant Maraglino, where they were joined by the third defendant Lopez.
According to court documents, the three suspects then acted out “acted out parts of fantasies consistent with the BDSM community which included kidnapping a woman off the street, taking the woman somewhere, playing with the woman and raping the woman.”
Detectives testified they found whips, paddles, videos and other evidence of a sex bondage activity at Maraglino’s home.
Deputy District Attorney Patrick Espinoza says in court documents that the alleged attack on Killgore included use of a stun baton and causing “incised wounds” and a ligature on the victim’s neck.
Perez was arrested April 15 on suspicion of possessing a stolen assault rifle and was later charged with murder.
Lopez was arrested April 17 at a San Diego hotel where authorities said she was discovered with self-inflicted cuts.
Authorities also found a letter in which Lopez allegedly claimed she killed Killgore out of fear that the woman would come steal away Perez, whom she described as her “master.”
Investigators also say the letter gave specific directors to where Killgore’s body could be found.
Her nude, strangled body was found near Lake Skinner, north of San Diego.
The victim’s husband, Cpl. Cory Killgore, was serving in Afghanistan at the time of the murder.