Ashton Kutcher affirmed on Wednesday in the trial of a male charged with apparently eliminating 2 women — one, Ashley Ellerin, was a friend of the actor’s– in their California homes.
Michael Gargiulo, 43, who district attorneys have called a “serial, psychosexual, thrill killer,” according to Fox 11, is accused of eliminating Ellerin, 22, in 2001 and Maria Bruno, 32, in 2005.
Ellerin, a fashion-design trainee, was killed on a night when she was supposed to go out with Kutcher, the outlet reported.
Ashton Kutcher affirms in the murder trial of Michael Gargiulo in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday..
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In court on Wednesday, Kutcher said he had actually called Ellerin in the afternoon of Feb. 21, 2001, from the set of the sitcom “That ’70 s Program,” where he had actually just completed practicing. He last spoke to her about 8: 30 p.m., when he said he was at a pal’s home and she was simply leaving the shower.
He attempted calling numerous times after, according to People publication, but there was no response, something he credited to bad phone service.
When he got to her house in between 10: 30 and 10: 45 p.m, she didn’t answer her door, the outlet reported.
” I knocked on the door and there was no answer,” Kutcher stated in the jam-packed downtown courtroom throughout the trial. ” I knocked again, and when again, no answer. At this moment I quite well presumed she had left for the night, which I was late, and she was upset.”
Defense Attorney Daniel Nardoni, left, concerns Ashton Kutcher throughout his testimony in the murder trial of Michael Gargiulo.
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Kutcher said he looked through the window and saw what he thought were white wine discolorations on the floor, but did not discover that alarming, and left.
” I keep in mind the next day after I found out about what happened, I went to the detectives and said, ‘My finger prints are on the door,'” Kutcher testified. “I was going crazy.”
Ellerin’s roommate found her dead in the corridor outside her bathroom. District attorneys allege Gargiulo got in your house and stabbed Ellerin 47 times.
Gargiulo has pleaded innocent to two charges of murder and among tried murder in attacks between 2001 and2008 He is charged separately with killing an 18- year-old Glenview, Ill., woman, and is awaiting trial there.
Ellerin has actually been explained as Kutcher’s girlfriend; he stated Wednesday that she had been a casual associate whom he had fulfilled a couple of months previously at a celebration, and he was going to take her out now that both were single.
Kutcher, a 41- year-old veteran actor best known for his functions in the comedies “That ’70 s Show” and “2 and a Half Guy,” is now married to starlet Mila Kunis after divorcing his very first spouse, Demi Moore.
The trial, which began with opening arguments on Might 2, is anticipated to take 6 months.
The Associated Press and Fox News’ Ann W. Schmidt contributed to this report.