A Los Angeles jury acquitted a skin-care guru to the stars Thursday who had been accused of becoming so obsessed with a rival aesthetician that she solicited his killing, authorities said.
Dawn DaLuise, 56, was released immediately after the verdict in which jurors found her not guilty of solicitation of murder and solicitation of assault.
DaLuise, a former model turned skin-care specialist, was accused of telling friends that she hated Gabriel Suarez, a competitor who opened up a shop near her West Hollywood business last year.
A prosecutor said during the trial that she also told friends she had found someone to “take out Gabriel.” Deputy Dist. Atty. Christine Von Helmolt said DaLuise had been setting in motion a plot to hurt or kill Suarez, wrongly believing that he was behind a cyberstalking campaign against her.
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