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Day 2 of Deliberations and No Verdict In ‘Hollywood Ripper’ Trial

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Day 2 And No Verdict In 'Hollywood Ripper' Trial

LOS ANGELES (Patch.com) — Jurors deliberated for a second day without reaching a verdict Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of being the Hollywood Ripper responsible for the deaths of two women, including a Hollywood woman preparing to go out that night with actor Ashton Kutcher.

Michael Gargiulo, 43, is accused in the Feb. 22, 2001, killing of 22- year-old Ashley Ellerin in her Hollywood home and the Dec. 1, 2005, slaying of 32-year-old Maria Bruno in her El Monte apartment. The murder charges include special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and murder while lying in wait.

Gargiulo also is facing an attempted murder charge stemming from an April 2008 attack on 26-year-old Michelle Murphy, who survived being stabbed eight times in her Santa Monica apartment, along with an attempted escape charge.

He could face the death penalty if he is convicted of […]

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