“Wherever he went, death followed Michael Gargiulo,” a judge adjudicating Friday in a trial involving the murder of actor Ashton Kutcher’s girlfriend said.
Michael Gargiulo, nicknamed the “Hollywood Ripper”, was sentenced to death for murdering two women, one of whom was the girlfriend of actor Ashton Kutcher.
Los Angeles Chief Justice Larry Fidler sentenced a 45-year-old woman to death on Friday after her arrest for the midnight murder in 2008.
“Wherever Mr. Gargiulo went, death and destruction followed him,” Judge Fidler told the court.
Gargiulo stabbed to death 22-year-old Ashley Eller and 32-year-old Maria Bruno in 2001 and 2005, respectively, at their home in California.
The case, which later became rising actor and movie star Ashton Kutcher, has garnered global media attention for meeting Ms Ellerin in his death.
The 43-year-old woman, now married to Mila Kunis, went to see the victim on the night of her tragic death in February 2001.
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The former Two and a Half Men star testified in court in 2019 and said it was “weird” after learning that a fashion design student’s visit was due the next day.
Ashton told the court how the young woman arrived at her Hollywood bungalow for dinner on February 22, 2001, after speaking on the phone earlier in the day.
But when he arrived two hours after the speech, the actor remembered finding the door locked, and as he looked out the window, “red wine was spilled on the carpet,” he said.
City News quoted him as saying in 2019: “I never really thought about that” and “I thought I gave up” late in the show.
When the star learned what had happened in her past, he spoke to the police and admitted that he was “crazy” knowing that his fingerprints would be on the front door of her house.
Four years later, Mr. Gargiulo began killing 32-year-old Maria Bruno, a mother of four, in an apartment in El Monte in 2005.
Another potential victim, Michelle Murphy, caught the law-abiding serial killer when she managed to evade the attempt to kill him.
While fleeing the scene, Mr. Gargiulo left traces of blood and allowed the police to follow him, and was arrested in 2008.
Ms Murphy, 26, was breached in her sentencing on Friday, more than a decade after the trial, saying “spending the night alone created a world of fear in me”
Mr. Gargiulo’s execution could be delayed for several years. The last execution in California, where he was sentenced, was in 2006 and has been outlawed since 2019 under the leadership of Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom.
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