Jury Delivers Not Guilty Verdict for Skin Care Specialist Accused of Ordering Hit on Rival

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Dawn DaLuise, the owner of a West Hollywood skin-care business, seen here at her arraignment in March, was accused of solicitation of murder. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Dawn DaLuise, the owner of a West Hollywood skin-care business, seen here at her arraignment in March, was accused of solicitation of murder. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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.

Gabriel Suarez spoke outside court on June 23, 2014, about the woman who allegedly tried to have him killed. (Credit: KTLA)

Gabriel Suarez spoke outside court on June 23, 2014, about the woman who allegedly tried to have him killed. (Credit: KTLA)

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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