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Deputy medical examiner: Military wife Brittany Killgore was strangled

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Issue 11, Volume 17.
Kelly Wheeler
Special to the Village News
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VISTA - A 22-year-old military wife from Fallbrook who authorities said was killed after she was kidnapped and forced to participate in a bondage and sadomasochistic sex ring was strangled before her naked body was dumped in southwest Riverside County, a deputy medical examiner testified today.

Dr. Craig Nelson testified in a preliminary hearing for Louis Ray Perez, 46, Dorothy Maraglino, 37, and 25-year-old Jessica Lynn Lopez that the victim, Brittany Killgore, died after being strangled with some sort of ligature.

Killgore, who had filed for divorce from her Marine husband and was preparing to move back to Pennsylvania, also had a deep cut from a saw below her left knee, suggesting attempted dismemberment after she died, Nelson testified.

Nelson couldn't say whether the victim was tortured.

Perez, a Camp Pendleton Marine sergeant, his girlfriend Maraglino and Lopez are charged with murder, conspiracy, kidnapping and torture.

Killgore's body was found near Lake Skinner last April 17, four days after she agreed to go on a dinner cruise with Perez.

A friend testified that Killgore texted the word "help" shortly after leaving with Perez. Perez told the friend in a subsequent phone call that he dropped Killgore at a bar and saw her go off with "two guys," according to the friend's testimony.

Perez allegedly took Killgore to his Fallbrook home -- where authorities said they found ropes, whips, a Taser, a nightstick, spiked gloves and a "sex dungeon" -- before texting Lopez and Maraglino to join him.

At some point, Perez decided to kill Killgore, authorities allege.

All three defendants were involved in sexual behavior that included bondage, torture and master, servant and slave role-playing, and Killgore was an "unwilling participant" in those activities, sheriff's detective Susan Fiske alleged in search warrant affidavits.

The preliminary hearing will resume tomorrow. When it is over, Judge K. Michael Kirkman will determine whether enough evidence was presented for the defendants to stand trial.



Comment #1 | Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 8:42 am
I hope the judge throws the book at these vicious criminals. Perez is doing everything that an abuser does to discredit his victim, manipulate the authorities, and paint her as a "promiscuous" woman. This is all designed to smear her character or reputation, making jury selection in his favor.
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Comment #2 | Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 9:26 am
it makes me sick to think that two women stood bye as a young woman was murdered!! send them away forever, every time I drive by the house I get the chills thinking that someone might have been able to save her if anybody knew what was going on. If my friend texted help I would call the cops right away!! I'm in the same area as an about the same age there's no way I could have went to sleep without hearing from her in person
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Comment #3 | Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm
I'm certain that her friends decision to wait until the morning to call the cops is something that she will have to live with forever. I would also have called the cops right away and had them at least check out that house. Remember both girls were young and probably didn't understand the danger. There are evil people out there.
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Comment #4 | Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 1:30 am
ive lived in fallbrook all my life and when i heard what happened i couldnt believe it . i know bad things happen every where unfortunately but when happens in your own home town its very upsetting and fallbrook has always been a pretty safe place to live . it sickens me that this happened and what that poor girl went through and because those sick cruel people did what they did . they not only killed a young girl but they made alot of fallbrook residents very upset and angry . i feel for her family and i pray for families that have to go through loosing their child . i hate driving by that house and i hope its torn down . i just hope and pray that those animals ( they cant be called people ) get what they deserve if i was a judge i would give them the death penalty or life in prison without parole ever and i cant believe two of the animals were female and stood by and did nothing it makes me so sick .
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Comment #5 | Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm
What house is it?

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