Michael Gargiulo, 43, was found guilty of murder in the stabbing deaths of two women, and the attempted murder of another in the early 2000s. One of the victims, Ashley Ellerin, was dating actor Ashton Kutcher at the time of her death.
Ashton Kutcher testifies in the murder trial of Michael Gargiulo in Los Angeles Superior Court, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Gargiulo is accused of murdering a Chicago-area teenager and two California women in attacks between 2001 and 2008. Gargiulo has pleaded not guilty.(Frederick M. Brown/Pool Photo via AP)
FILE – In this May 29, 2019 file photo, actor Ashton Kutcher testifies in the murder trial of Michael Gargiulo in Los Angeles Superior Court. A prosecutor says four strikingly similar attacks on women in California were all planned and executed by a skilled serial killer who studied the lives and homes of victims who lived near him before savagely stabbing them, in his closing remarks to the jury Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Kutcher, who was supposed to have drinks with fashion-design student Ashley Ellerin on the night she was stabbed to death at her Hollywood home in 2001, testified that he arrived very late, looked through Ellerin’s window and saw stains that he assumed were spilled wine, and left because he thought she had gone out without him. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)
VIA Rolling stone: “Gargiulo, who has been called the ‘Hollywood Ripper’ was convicted of murdering Ellerin and Maria Bruno, and attempting to murder Michelle Murphy, between 2001 and 2008. As CBS Los Angeles points out, the trial’s second phase will begin next week to determine whether or not Gargiulo was sane at the time of the attacks. Only after that portion concludes, will Gargiulo be sentenced; he is facing either a death sentence or life in prison without parole.”