Ashton Kutcher testified on Wednesday within the trial of a person charged with allegedly killing two girls — one, Ashley Ellerin, was a buddy of the actor’s — of their California properties.
Michael Gargiulo, 43, who prosecutors have known as a “serial, psychosexual, thrill killer,” in keeping with Fox 11, is accused of killing Ellerin, 22, in 2001 and Maria Bruno, 32, in 2005.
Ellerin, a fashion-design pupil, was killed on a night time when she was imagined to exit with Kutcher, the outlet reported.
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In courtroom on Wednesday, Kutcher mentioned he had known as Ellerin within the afternoon of Feb. 21, 2001, from the set of the sitcom “That ’70s Present,” the place he had simply completed rehearsing. He final spoke to her about eight:30 p.m., when he mentioned he was at a buddy’s home and she or he was simply getting out of the bathe.
He tried calling a number of occasions after, in keeping with Individuals journal, however there was no reply, one thing he attributed to unhealthy cellphone service.
When he acquired to her home between 10:30 and 10:45 p.m, she did not reply her door, the outlet reported.
“I knocked on the door and there was no reply,” Kutcher mentioned within the packed downtown courtroom in the course of the trial. “I knocked once more, and as soon as once more, no reply. At this level I fairly effectively assumed she had left for the night time, and that I used to be late, and she or he was upset.”
Kutcher mentioned he regarded by means of the window and noticed what he thought had been wine stains on the ground, however didn’t discover that alarming, and left.
“I bear in mind the following day after I heard about what occurred, I went to the detectives and mentioned, ‘My fingerprints are on the door,'” Kutcher testified. “I used to be freaking out.”
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Ellerin’s roommate discovered her lifeless within the hallway exterior her lavatory. Prosecutors allege Gargiulo entered the home and stabbed Ellerin 47 occasions.
Gargiulo has pleaded not responsible to 2 costs of homicide and one among tried homicide in assaults between 2001 and 2008. He’s charged individually with killing an 18-year-old Glenview, Unwell., lady, and is awaiting trial there.
Ellerin has been described as Kutcher’s girlfriend; he mentioned Wednesday that she had been an informal acquaintance whom he had met a couple of months earlier than at a celebration, and he was going to take her out now that each had been single.
Kutcher, a 41-year-old veteran actor greatest recognized for his roles within the sitcoms “That ’70s Present” and “Two and a Half Males,” is now married to actress Mila Kunis after divorcing his first spouse, Demi Moore.
The trial, which started with opening arguments on Could 2, is anticipated to take six months.
The Related Press and Fox Information’ Ann W. Schmidt contributed to this report.