Trio Goes to Trial in Marine Wife Murder Case

Suspects Jessica Lynn Lopez, Dorothy Maraglino and Sgt. Louis Perez will be tried together

By Sarah Grieco
|  Monday, Mar 18, 2013  |  Updated 6:58 PM PDT
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Mobile Phone Evidence Discussed in Killgore Trial

Sgt. Louis Perez, Dorothy Maraglino and Jessica Lynn Lopez are accused of killing 22-year-old Brittany Killgore. The trio will be tried together.

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Crucial Evidence Revealed in Marine Wife Murder

WARNING: Graphic details are included in this crucial testimony that was read today in the pre-trial murder hearing for Marine wife Brittany Killgore.

Murder Suspects Appear in Court

Three people suspected of murdering Brittany Killgore appeared in court this week.
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Three suspects accused of conspiring to kill a North County Marine wife are bound for trial.

Suspects Jessica Lynn Lopez, Dorothy Maraglino and Sgt. Louis Perez are accused of luring 22-year-old Marine wife Brittany Killgore into a deadly trap at their Fallbrook home last April.

Officials say Killgore was an unwilling participant in a deadly sex game at the hands of the trio, who were involved in a bondage, discipline and sadomasochistic lifestyle.

Killgore went missing on April 13 after agreeing to go on a dinner cruise with Perez, an acquaintance at the time. She was found dead – nude and mutilated – on April 17 near Lake Skinner in Riverside County.

Click here for a TIMELINE of the Killgore Murder Case

Prosecutors claim the three defendants conspired to kidnap, torture and sexually assault Killgore.

The three defendants were in court last week for a preliminary hearing. Throughout the week, many witnesses took the stand, detailing Killgore’s last days and the BDSM lifestyle the defendants practiced at the home they shared on East Fallbrook Street.

A detective also took the stand last week and read the full suicide letter written by Lopez in April 2012, which describes in detail how Killgore was killed.

Closing arguments ended Monday afternoon. Lopez, Maraglino and Perez will all be tried together and are currently held without bail. It is unknown at this time when they will next appear in court.

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