Warrants Released in Marine Wife Murder Case

Detectives reveal text messages from the victim's and defendants' cell phones in the documents

By R. Stickney and Paul Krueger
|  Thursday, Jul 19, 2012  |  Updated 6:50 AM CDT
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Killgore Texted 'Help' on Night of Disappearance

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Jessica Lopez and Camp Pendleton Marine Louis Perez showed no emotion as a judge charged both with first degree murder for the death of Brittany Killgore. Deputy District Attorney Patrick Espinoza
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Search warrants in the murder case of a North County Marine wife reveal evidence collected in the investigation including a stun gun, blue latex gloves and a suicide note allegedly written by one defendant.

A state appeals court ordered the release of four search warrants in the Brittany Kilgore murder case - documents that the San Diego County District Attorney's office wanted to keep secret.

Dorothy Grace Marie Maraglino, 36; Jessica Lynn Lopez, 25 and U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Louis Perez, 45, have pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the killing of the 22-year-old Marine wife.

Killgore was last seen April 13 wearing a purple evening gown. Four days later her body was found abandoned near Lake Skinner in Riverside County.

The search warrants show a 2001 White Ford Explorer owned by Perez was caked with mud on its bumpers and running board, what investigators say is evidence that the truck had been used to dump Killgore's body in Lake Skinner.

A shopping bag containing blue latex gloves and a stun baton was also found during the investigation according to the warrants. Both the bag and the gloves had a red substance on them, that tested positive for blood the documents show.

In the warrants, investigators say that San Diego County Crime Lab technicians confirmed the blood to be "a match for the DNA profile of Brittany Killgore."

The passenger seat did not have a seat cover when investigators searched the car however, detectives said the seat had an imprint that led them to believe a seat cover may have been removed according to the documents.

Detectives included timing of text messages from the victim's cell phone and between the defendants on the night Killgore was last seen alive. According to the warrant, Killgore texted "Help" to a friend about 13 minutes after Perez picked her up that night - 7:50 p.m.

Perez sent Maraglino a text at 7:57 p.m. "Kitten?" the warrants show.

Then 21 minutes after Killgore's "Help" text message, detectives say Perez texted "Come home" to Maraglino. That text message was sent at 8:11 p.m. according to the warrant.

On April 17, detectives attempted to contact Maraglino at a Point Loma hotel after a vehicle registered to her was located in the parking lot.

Once officials gained access to the hotel room, they spotted blood on the bed and saw a woman who identified herself as “Rosalin” inside, the search warrants document.

"Rosalin" was later identified as Jessica Lopez.

Also inside the hotel room were large knives in the bathroom and a note on the dressing area mirror “Pigs read this” the documents show.

On the dressing table officers said they found a seven-page handwritten letter that began: “I’m sorry Mistress I know you would’ve tried to stop me….You have the wrong f--king person” according to the warrants.

The letter went on to say “I hid the body of that whore in plain sight" investigators stated in the warrants. One of the search warrants contains the note, which describes the injuries Killgore reportedly suffered and how she was murdered.

The search warrants also reveal more about the unusual sexual activity that prosecutors say was happening at a home on East Fallbrook Street, the residence of Maraglino and her roommate Lopez.

According to the warrant, an ex-girlfriend of Perez allegedly told police they were involved in bondage, whipping, cutting and spanking.

She told police that on one occasion a female was held in the sex dungeon and not allowed to leave without Perez’ permission according to the search warrants.

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