L.A. NOW

Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Marine allegedly boasted of bondage session before killing woman

BrittanyA Marine accused of murdering the 22-year-old wife of a fellow Marine may have hoped to lure her into participating in a session of sado-masochism that he had boasted on the Internet was going to occur that weekend, according to search warrants released Wednesday.

But when Brittany Dawn Killgore refused to participate, Staff Sgt. Louis Perez decided to kill Killgore instead and then summoned two women who enjoyed sado-masochism to return to the home in Fallbrook where the three had lived, according to the search warrants.

Perez, 46, Dorothy Marie Maraglino, 37, and Jessica Lopez, 25, are all charged with murder, torture and conspiracy. All have pleaded not guilty.

Perez had boasted that he planned to hold a sado-masochism session on the weekend of April 14, according to the warrants, which were released by the San Diego County Superior Court over the objections of Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis.

Boasting of such sessions is common among the devotees of angry and physically abusive sex play, as is using tasers, stun guns and drugs to "disable their victims," according to the warrants. Taking pictures and posting them on the Internet is also common, according to the warrants.

Perez, Maraglino and Lopez were involved in "bondage, torture and master-servant-slave" behavior, said a warrant signed by Susan Fiske, a detective with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Maraglino calls herself a dominatrix and Perez particularly likes to spank women, according to the warrants.

Killgore had agreed to go on a dinner cruise with Perez on the night of April 13 in exchange for his help in moving her belongings out of her Fallbrook apartment.

"After getting into Perez's vehicle and leaving with him, nobody has seen or heard from Killgore," Fiske wrote in the warrant application.

Killgore's nude and mutilated body was found April 17 in the brush near Lake Skinner in Riverside County. She had been strangled, according to the warrants.

Within 13 minutes of getting into Perez's truck, Killgore texted a friend, "Help." Moments later the friend texted back, "Brittany are u okay I am freaking out here."

According to the warrants, there is no evidence to suggest that Killgore knew of Perez's sexual habits that included bondage, whipping, spanking and cutting. She was an "unwilling participant," according to the warrants.

Prosecutors assert that Perez took Killgore to his Fallbrook home and then texted Lopez and Maraglino to join him. In the house, investigators found "sex apparatuses, toys, and a sex dungeon," according to one of the warrants. Among the items found were ropes, whips, a taser, a nightstick, and spiked gloves.

Killgore's estranged husband, Lance Cpl. Cory Killgore, was deployed in Afghanistan when she was killed. She had filed for divorce days earlier. Perez and Killgore's husband were stationed at Camp Pendleton.

On at least one other occasion, the three defendants had held an unnamed woman captive and refused to let her loose until she cooperated with their sex play, according to the warrants.

After deciding to kill Killgore, Perez allegedly sent phony messages in her name to friends. "I believe Perez turned Killgore's telephone off while he was killing her and disposing of her body," detective Daniel Pierce wrote.

ALSO:

'Glen Bearian' to get new home in Colorado sanctuary

Lawsuit planned against bill that helps Los Angeles' NFL stadium

L.A. County sheriff's deputies involved in 2 shootings, one fatal

-- Tony Perry

Photo: Brittany Dawn Killgore. Credit: San Diego County Sheriff's Department

 
Comments () | Archives (0)

Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video

About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.

Categories




Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: