New evidence in Brittany Killgore murder case

More documents said to be handwritten by defendant Dorothy Maraglino

The District Attorney’s office gained access last week to more evidence, said to be handwritten documents created by one of the defendants in a high-profile, notorious murder case.

A “pile” of documents was hand-delivered to a former defense attorney for Dorothy Maraglino, who is a defendant in the murder case of Brittany Killgore; the victim was declared missing almost one year ago.

A person identified as “Becky” and said to be a friend of defendant Maraglino, reportedly gave the documents to attorney Sean Leslie, and then the presiding judge in the case ordered that attorney to produce the documents. (Sean Leslie was relieved as counsel some months ago, and Maraglino is now represented by Megan Marcotte.)

Last week, Honorable K. Michael Kirkman declared that incriminating evidence provided by a third party does not violate the protection against self-incrimination, and prosecutor Patrick Espinoza was given access to a portion of the new evidence; the judge has not yet ruled on all the documents.

The body of 22-year-old Brittany Dawn Killgore was found on April 17, 2012, in a remote area north of San Diego County. All three defendants in the case, Louis Ray Perez, 46, and Jessica Lopez, 25, and Dorothy Maraglino, 37, plead not-guilty to murder and special allegations of conspiracy and kidnap and torture -- which make the accused eligible for the death penalty.

Brittany Killgore was married to a Marine reportedly deployed to Afghanistan at the time of her disappearance, April 13, 2012. The first person arrested in the case, Louis Perez, was an active-duty Marine at the time. Those facts, and the accusation that Brittany Killgore was kidnapped and abused and killed to satisfy a sado-masochistic fantasy, portrayed as a dominating fetish in the lives of all three defendants by the prosecutor, has caused this case to become a sensation both within and beyond the borders of San Diego County.

Frightening evidence gathered by investigators includes: nylon rope and hairs from rope, used duct tape, rope/pulley system in plastic bag, Black & Decker saber saw and red skill saw in downstairs bedroom closet, documents – slave contract, Slave Rules handwritten note on top of file cabinet, red dog collar with heart pendant and red stains, stun baton and stun gun. These items were taken from defendants’ vehicles and Dorothy Maraglino’s home, according to search warrants.

All three defendants are next scheduled to be in court on May 10, 2013, in San Diego’s North County Superior courthouse.

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