Newly released court documents are shedding light on the strangulation slaying of the young wife of a Marine. Authorities say three defendants jailed in the case had on, at least one other occasion, held a different woman captive and refused to let her go until she went along with their sadomasochist sex acts.
The body of Brittany Killgore, 22, was found nude and mutilated in a roadside ditch near Lake Skinner in southwest Riverside County a few days after she was last seen on April 13.
Three people — Staff Sgt. Louis Ray Perez, 46, Dorothy Grace Marie Maraglino, 37, and Jessica Lynn Lopez, 25 — are in custody accused of first-degree murder and other crimes.
All three have pleaded not guilty.
At the media’s request, more than a dozen search warrant affidavits were released Wednesday by the San Diego County Superior Court over the objections of District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.
In the affidavits, sheriff’s Detective Susan Fiske wrote that all three defendants were involved in sexual behavior that included bondage, torture, and master, servant and slave role playing, and that Killgore was an “unwilling participant” in those activities.
The affidavits, the second round of court documents to be unsealed in the case this summer, also showed authorities believe that the three defendants had previously held another woman captive and refused to let her loose until she cooperated with their sex play. Details of that incident were not immediately reported.
Last week, the District Attorney’s Office filed additional charges of conspiracy, kidnapping and torture against all three defendants, who at one time lived together in Fallbrook.
In an eight-page amended complaint, prosecutors outline 42 acts they say support a theory that the defendants conspired to kidnap Killgore in order to act out sadomasochist fantasies.
At the time of her death, Killgore also lived in Fallbrook, along with her estranged Camp Pendleton-based husband, who was on deployment in Afghanistan and has been cleared of any involvement in the slaying.
Like Killgore’s husband, Perez is a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton but authorities have said he and Killgore had only a passing acquaintanceship.
According to court documents, Perez said in online posts with a bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism community that he was planning to have a BDSM session the weekend of April 13. He allegedly invited Killgore to go on a dinner cruise in San Diego the night of April 13.
She initially declined but agreed after Maraglino said it was OK and Perez promised Killgore she’d have help moving the following morning, authorities said.
Killgore, who filed for divorce from her husband several days before her death, was planning to move to Pennsylvania, where her parents live.
Minutes after Killgore and Perez met up, she sent a text message to a friend that read, “Help,” according to authorities. Perez then allegedly took Killgore to his Fallbrook home — where authorities said there were ropes, whips, a taser, a nightstick, spiked gloves and a sex dungeon — before texting Lopez and Maraglino to join him.
Maraglino calls herself a dominatrix and Perez particularly likes to spank women, according to the affidavits prepared in support of search warrants.
Authorities have said there is no evidence to suggest that Killgore knew of Perez’s sexual habits, which included bondage, whipping, spanking and cutting.
At some point, Perez decided to kill Killgore and sent phony messages in her name to friends, authorities said.
“I believe Perez turned Killgore’s telephone off while he was killing her and disposing of her body,” sheriff’s Detective Daniel Pierce wrote.