Detective Reveals New Details in Marine Wife Murder Case - NBC 7 San Diego

Detective Reveals New Details in Marine Wife Murder Case

Brittany Killgore was last seen alive April 13 wearing a purple evening gown



    Detective Reveals New Details in Marine Wife Murder Case

    The search warrants in the murder case of a North County Marine wife include embarrassing sexual details a detective testified Wednesday.

    Judge Tony Maino approved a request by NBCSanDiego and other local media to unseal search warrants issued in the murder trial of Brittany Killgore.

    The three warrants will not be released now, however, giving the District Attorney and the defense time to appeal the decision.

    Dorothy Grace Marie Maraglino, 36; Jessica Lynn Lopez, 25 and U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Louis Perez, 45, are accused of killing the 22-year-old Marine wife.

     Evidence in the case reveals that Maraglino, Lopez and Perez were involved in sadomasochistic activity and San Diego County Sheriff's Department Detective Brian Patterson testified that new details about that activity is included in the search warrants.

    However, the detective said the search warrants do not show that Killgore was involved in that sexual lifestyle. 

    Killgore Texted 'Help' on Night of Disappearance

    [DGO] Killgore Texted 'Help' on Night of Disappearance
    Jessica Lopez and Camp Pendleton Marine Louis Perez showed no emotion as a judge charged both with first degree murder for the death of Brittany Killgore. Deputy District Attorney Patrick Espinoza
    (Published Thursday, May 10, 2012)

    Killgore was last seen April 13 wearing a purple evening gown.

    Prosecutors claim Maraglino and Perez had convinced Killgore to go on a dinner cruise. 

    Sometime that evening Killgore texted the word "Help" to a friend according to prosecutors.

    Four days later her body was found abandoned near Lake Skinner in Riverside County. 

    The defendants have pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

    The district attorney opposes release of search warrant information, saying it would comprise the investigation, harm the defendant's right to a fair trial, and cause emotional distress for Killgore's family. 

    Media attorney Guylyn Cummins disagrees.

    “One of the defendants joined in our motion and I think the defense counsel for that individual believes that it’s very important for his client to get a fair trial that the facts come out and the information come out so the public understands what really happened,” Cummins said.

    At Wednesday's hearing, Judge Maino said the search warrants do not reveal any additional potential suspects in the case.

    Check back for updates to this developing story.

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