'Boy Next Door Killer' to get death penalty or life sentence
Nearly two years after a jury recommended execution for a man prosecutors called “The Boy Next Door Killer,” a judge is set to hand down a sentence Friday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler will choose between a death sentence and life in prison without the possibility of parole for Michael Thomas Gargiulo, 45, who was convicted in August 2019 of the home-invasion murders of two women and the attempted murder of a third.news.yahoo.com
Los Angeles jury recommends death penalty for the 'Hollywood Ripper'
CNN VideoLOS ANGELES (CNN) - A jury has recommended the death penalty for Michael Gargiulo, known as the "Hollywood Ripper," the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Friday. The jury, made up of six men and six women, deliberated for "several hours" before reaching the death sentence recommendation, the office said in a release. A second murder victim, Mario Bruno, a neighbor of Gargiulo's, was killed and mutilated in December 2005. Gargiulo's sentencing is scheduled for February 28, the DA's office said. He has also been charged in a 1993 slaying in the Chicago area, the DA's office said.
Jury recommends death penalty for "The Hollywood Ripper"
A Los Angeles jury recommended the death penalty Friday for a man dubbed "The Hollywood Ripper" after he was found guilty of two murders and attempted murder. Gargiulo showed no reaction as the court clerk read the death sentence at the brief hearing. Defense attorneys and a psychologist said in court that Gargiulo has dissociative personality disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder. The Hollywood Ripper on TrialProsecutors, who did not talk to reporters after the hearing, called Gargiulo "The Boy Next Door Killer" because he lived near all the victims. Ellerin's mother and other victims' family members also testified during the penalty phase.cbsnews.com
'Hollywood Ripper' found guilty of murdering 2 women, including Ashton Kutcher's date
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A jury found a man nicknamed the Hollywood Ripper guilty on Thursday of knifing to death two women, including actor Ashton Kutchers date, and attempting to murder a third victim during a seven-year span. The Los Angeles County Superior Court panel will next consider whether Gargiulo was sane at the time of the crimes, in proceedings to begin on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Michael Gargiulo sits in court during his murder trial in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 6, 2019. The jury also found him guilty of using a knife to kill his neighbor, Maria Bruno, in 2005. FILE PHOTO: A prosecution slide is shown in court in the murder trial of Michael Gargiulo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 6, 2019.feeds.reuters.com
'Hollywood Ripper' Found Guilty of Murders
Jurors have found the man known as the "Hollywood Ripper" guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of two women, as well as guilty of premeditated attempted murder in the attempted killing of another. Michael Gargiulo, 43, showed zero emotion when the guilty verdicts came in Thursday afternoon in a trial that riveted Los Angeles. On Feb. 22, 2001, Gargiulo killed Ashley Ellerin, 22, in her Hollywood home. He was found guilty of killing 32-year-old Maria Bruno in 2005 and attempting to kill Michelle Murphy in 2008. Sharon Tates Sister Says She Narrowly Avoided Death in Manson Murders
Man found guilty of murdering two women, including Ashton Kutcher's date
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A jury found a man nicknamed the Hollywood Ripper guilty on Thursday of knifing to death two women, including a date of actor Ashton Kutcher, and attempting to murder a third victim. FILE PHOTO: Michael Gargiulo sits in court during his murder trial in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 6, 2019. Ellerin was one of the women Gargiulo was convicted of murdering. The jury also found him guilty of using a knife to murder Los Angeles-area woman Maria Bruno and attempting to murder a third woman, Michelle Murphy, who survived a stabbing. Gargiulos lawyers have argued their client suffered from a mental disorder that left him in a confusing fugue state during the attack on Murphy, the Los Angeles Times reported.feeds.reuters.com
'Hollywood Ripper' found guilty of 2 counts of murder
Gargiulo was convicted Aug. 15, 2019, on(CNN) - A California jury found Michael Gargiulo, aka the "Hollywood Ripper," guilty Thursday of the murders of two women and the attempted murder of another. The trial surrounding what became known as Hollywood Ripper killings began in Los Angeles in May, as lawyers for the prosecution and the defense framed their arguments. The 43-year-old was charged with the murders of Ashley Ellerin and Maria Bruno, in addition to the attempted murder of Michelle Murphy in 2008. Defense attorney Daniel Nardoni argued prosecutors had no evidence to link Gargiulo to Ellerin's murder. Gargiulo was also linked to the murder of Bruno, whose ex-husband discovered her mutilated body in 2005, KABC said.
Jury convicts man dubbed 'Boy Next Door Killer' of 2 murders
Gargiulo sat in court in a lavender dress shirt and slacks with eight sheriff's deputies standing behind him. While some media outlets referred to him as "The Hollywood Ripper," prosecutors dubbed him the "Boy Next Door Killer." "Those similarities point to one man, one killer: Michael Gargiulo," Deputy District Attorney Garrett Dameron said during closing arguments. The defense relied heavily on the lack of forensic or eyewitness evidence putting Gargiulo at the scenes of the killings. "I remember the next day, after I heard about what happened, I went to the detectives and said, 'My fingerprints are on the door,'" Kutcher testified.chicagotribune.com
Michael Gargiulo found guilty of murder and attempted murder in "Hollywood Ripper" trial
The verdict in the "Hollywood Ripper" murder trial was read on Thursday with the jury finding Michael Gargiulo guilty of two murders and guilty of one attempted murder in California. Prosecutors accused 43-year-old Gargiulo of murdering three women including 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin, who was friendly with Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher. On Thursday, the jury unanimously found Gargiulo guilty of first degree murder in the murders of Ellerin and Maria Bruno. The jury also found Gargiulo guilty of the attempted murder of Michelle Murphy. Prosecutors also argued Gargiulo killed his neighbor while living in Illinois in 1993.cbsnews.com
"Hollywood Ripper" trial: Michael Gargiulo found guilty of murder and attempted murder
The "Hollywood Ripper" murder trial verdict was read Thursday with the jury finding Michael Gargiulo guilty of two murders and guilty of one attempted murder in California. Prosecutors accused 43-year-old Gargiulo of murdering three women including Ashley Ellerin, 22, who was friendly with Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher. The jury unanimously found Gargiulo guilty of first degree murder in the murders of Ellerin and Maria Bruno. The jury also found Gargiulo guilty of the attempted murder of Michelle Murphy. Prosecutors also argued Gargiulo killed his neighbor while living in Illinois in 1993.cbsnews.com
Defense: Kutcher testimony supports doubt in murder trial
Kutcher was a few seasons into "That '70s Show" and had just starred in the film "Dude, Where's My Car?" The two last spoke at 8:24 p.m., when Kutcher testified that he told Ellerin he was running late and Ellerin told him she had just gotten out of the shower. Nardoni told jurors that Ellerin's apartment manager, an aspiring actor, testified that he was having a sexual relationship with her, and was in the house when Kutcher called. Nardoni told jurors the call could have made him angry and violent. Nardoni told jurors he did not need to prove that someone else killed Ellerin, only to establish that another possible suspect could cast reasonable doubt on Gargiulo's guilt.chicagotribune.com
Prosecutor: Killings of women were clearly work of same man
Murphy was the first witness jurors heard in the three-month trial, which also included the testimony of Ashton Kutcher, who was 23 when he was supposed to have drinks with fashion-design student Ashley Ellerin on the night she was stabbed to death at her Hollywood home at age 22 in 2001. Kutcher testified that he arrived very late, looked through Ellerin's window and saw stains that he assumed were spilled wine, and left because he thought she had gone out without him.chicagotribune.com