'Hollywood Ripper' Found Guilty of Murders
Ashton Kutcher testified during Michael Gargiulo's trial.
Jurors have found the man known as the "Hollywood Ripper" guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of two women, as well as guilty of premeditated attempted murder in the attempted killing of another.
Michael Gargiulo, 43, showed zero emotion when the guilty verdicts came in Thursday afternoon in a trial that riveted Los Angeles.
On Feb. 22, 2001, Gargiulo killed Ashley Ellerin, 22, in her Hollywood home. She had been preparing to go on a date that night with Ashton Kutcher.
Kutcher testified earlier this year that he knocked on his date's door and got no response. When he peered in the window, he said he saw liquid on the ground that he thought was red wine. It turned out to be a pool of blood. Ellerin had been stabbed 47 times.
Kutcher was initially afraid he could be a suspect because his fingerprints were on the door. He was quickly cleared of any suspicion.
Kutcher was not in court when the verdict was read.
Gargiulo faces the death penalty when he is sentenced. He was found guilty of killing 32-year-old Maria Bruno in 2005 and attempting to kill Michelle Murphy in 2008.
He'll also stand trial in Illinois for the 1993 murder of an 18-year-old family friend.
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