A jury on Wednesday convicted three defendants of all but one of the charges in the 2012 grisly torture and slaying of a young Marine wife.
Prosecutors had contended that the three defendants killed 22-year-old Brittany Killgore "for their own sadistic pleasure." They said they strangled her with the intention of dismembering her.
The trial lasted several weeks. Jurors announced their verdict just before noon Wednesday after deliberating for more than 18 hours over three days.
The three defendants: former Marine staff-sergeant Louis Perez, 49; Dorothy Grace Maraglino, 40; and Jessica Lynn Lopez, 28, lived together in a Fallbrook home where police discovered a sex dungeon with whips, ropes, sex apparatuses, spiked collars and a Taser, among other items.
Jurors convicted the trio of murder, kidnapping, torture and sexual battery charges. The only charge tossed out by jurors was a conspiracy to kidnap charge against Lopez.
The maximum sentence each defendant faces is life in prison without the possibility of parole. Sentencing is set for Nov. 19.
At trial, defense attorneys argued that their clients were not present when Killgore was killed. They said their clients lived a lifestyle of bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism – or BDSM – but stressed that all their interactions were strictly consensual.
In April 2012, Killgore's body was found naked and strangled in a Riverside County ravine four days after she was reported missing.
She texted a friend "Help" shortly after getting into Perez's truck on April 13, prosecutors say.
The mother of Killgore, Michelle Wrest, addressed the media after hearing the verdict, lauding the work of detectives and prosecutors.
"We have a great respect for these people, who have done a fantastic job," she said. "And who have done a fantastic service to our daughter."
Wrest said her daughter was a beautiful person who got mixed up with the wrong people.
“Our daughter was a beautiful woman inside and out. Unfortunately, she run (sic) across people who were monsters and took her life,” Wrest said.
“She is going to be missed for the rest of our lives. We have a lot of family that have to deal with this on a daily basis," she added.
NBC 7 did not get a chance to talk with the defense team or the family members of the defendants, as they either left court early or were not present for the verdict reading.