A Los Angeles jury advised the death sentence Friday for a guy dubbed “The Boy Next Door Killer” after he was condemned of two murders and a tried murder.
The victims of Michael Gargiulo, 43, consisted of 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin, who was eliminated on a night in 2001 when she had strategies with star Ashton Kutcher.
He affirmed throughout the trial that he got here late for his date with Ellerin, checked out her home when there was no response at the door, and saw what he believed were wine discolorations before leaving.
Gargiulo revealed no response as the notary read the death sentence at the quick hearing. Jurors also might have advised life in prison without any possibility of parole.
His lawyer Daniel Nardoni stated outside court that he was irate and disappointed by the decision.
” You do not eliminate individuals that are mentally ill,” Nardoni stated. “It’s just a matter of mankind. There’s a different kind of punishment for the mentally ill. It’s called life without parole.”.
Defense attorneys and a psychologist said in court that Gargiulo has dissociative personality disorder, previously called split personality condition.
District attorneys, who did not talk with press reporters after the hearing, called Gargiulo “The Boy Next Door Killer” since he lived near all the victims.
He also was convicted of the 2005 murder of 32-year-old Maria Bruno and the 2008 attempted murder of Michelle Murphy, who testified throughout the trial’s penalty stage that she resided in worry for years after the attack.
Murphy battled when she was attacked in bed in her Santa Monica home. Authorities stated Gargiulo cut himself and left a path of blood that allowed district attorneys to connect him to the other cases, including a 1997 killing in Illinois for which he is still waiting for trial.
Murphy was also an essential witness throughout the very first stage of the trial.
” In the days, weeks and months after it occurred, I hardly even slept,” Murphy affirmed. “I feared the nighttime and going to bed. I still slept with the lights on for a long period of time.”.
Gargiulo’s lawyers contended that other males dedicated the murders of Bruno and Ellerin. They conceded their customer had actually attacked Murphy however said he was in a “fugue state” because of his personality disorder and did not know where he was at the time.
All 3 ladies were attacked in their Southern California houses when Gargiulo lived neighboring and watched his victims. Ellerin become an associate before the attacks.
Ellerin’s mother and other victims’ family members likewise affirmed throughout the charge phase.
When she discovered the death of her child, Cynthia Ellerin said, “I fell to my knees on the floor and began crawling around the bedroom on my hands and knees like an animal, shrieking.”.
” I ache for her,” Cynthia Ellerin said. “I ache to hold her. I ache to hear her voice, to hug her. But that’s not going to happen.”.
Gargiulo’s 16-year-old kid likewise took the stand, asking jurors for mercy and telling them he requires a daddy who lives.
After the jury’s choice read, Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler ordered Gargiulo to return for official sentencing on Feb. 28, when he will also consider movements for a new trial or a reduced sentence.
California has actually not carried out anyone because 2006, and Gov. Gavin Newsom previously this year stopped executions for as long as he remains in workplace.
Courts have actually been proceeding on the assumption that executions might one day resume.
The case got additional attention because of the connection of Kutcher, who was a 23-year-old increasing star on “That ’70s Program” when Ellerin was eliminated.
He affirmed in Might that he feared he may become a suspect after going to Ellerin’s home.
” I keep in mind the next day after I found out about what happened, I went to the investigators and said, ‘My fingerprints are on the door,'” Kutcher testified. “I was freaking out.”.
The defense asserted that Ellerin was killed by another man who was romantically connected to her and was jealous that she was about to go on a date with the star.