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Friday
Apr272012

Brittany Killgore Sent Text Message 'Help' Before Her Murder

ABC(SAN DIEGO) -- Blood and a weapon police believe was used to kill Brittany Killgore were found in the car of a suspect in the marine wife's murder, prosecutors said.

At a plea hearing Thursday, Staff Sgt. Louis Ray Perez, 45, pleaded not guilty to a first degree murder charge in the slaying of the 22-year-old who lived in Fallbrook, Calif. Perez was in jail on an unrelated charge of possession of an AR-15 assault rifle at the time of his arrest for murder.

Chilling details of the crime emerged at Perez' hearing: Killgore sent a text message to a friend the night she disappeared that said "help," Deputy District Attorney Patrick Espinoza said.

Killgore, 22, of Fallbrook, Calif., disappeared April 13, after telling friends she was going out in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Her body was found four days later, dumped near Lake Skinner in Riverside County, Calif.

The San Diego County District Attorney's office has not released the manner in which Killgore was killed. They also have not said what type of weapon police believe was used to kill her.

Twenty-five-year-old Jessica Lopez, who once lived with Perez, has also been charged with first degree murder in Killgore's death. She entered a not guilty plea in court April 19, and is held on $3 million bail, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

Key to the case was an apparent suicide note found in Lopez's hotel room at the time of her arrest that detailed Killgore's fate and the location of her body, prosecutors said.

The content of that note has been kept under seal, per judge Kimberlee Lagotta's order, ABC News' San Diego affiliate reported.

Authorities have not commented on the connection between Killgore, Lopez and Perez. Police said they believed Perez was the last person to see Killgore and he became a person of interest shortly after Killgore was reported missing.

Killgore filed for a divorce from her husband, Cory Killgore, also 22, just days before she disappeared. Cory Killgore returned from Afghanistan last week following the news of his wife's disappearance.

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Tuesday
Apr242012

Brittany Killgore Murder: Second Suspect Arrested

ABC News(SAN DIEGO) -- A Marine already charged with illegal possession of an assault rifle was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murder in the killing of Marine wife Brittany Killgore.

Staff Sgt. Louis Ray Perez, 45, was arrested on the new charge at Vista Detention, where he is being held.

Killgore, 22, of Fallbrook, Calif., disappeared April 13, after telling friends she was going out in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Her body was found four days later, dumped near Lake Skinner in Riverside County, Calif.

Jessica Lopez, 25, was already charged with first-degree murder in Killgore's death. She entered a not-guilty plea in court April 19, and was ordered held on $3 million bail, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

Lopez was arrested at a Ramada Inn in San Diego on April 17. She is now in jail.

Key to the case was an apparent suicide note found in Lopez's hotel room that detailed the 22-year-old Killgore's fate and the location of her body, according to ABC News affiliate KGTV in San Diego.

According to legal records, Lopez once lived with Perez, who had been considered a person of interest in the case since the investigation into Killgore's disappearance began. Police had said they believed he may have been the last person to see Killgore alive.

Perez was arraigned April 18 on an unrelated charge of possession of an AR-15 assault rifle and was ordered held on $500,000 bail.

Authorities have not commented on the connection between Killgore, Lopez and Perez.

The slain woman's grandmother, Cheryl Coble, told the Park Hills Daily Journal in Missouri that Killgore, Perez and his girlfriend were supposed to go on a dinner cruise the night of April 13, but the girlfriend backed out. Coble said she was unsure if her granddaughter made it to the cruise.

Killgore told friends she was going to spend the evening in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. However, authorities said they believed she never made it. Her cellphone was recovered in the area by San Diego trolley security, triggering an investigation.

Killgore filed for a divorce from her husband, Cory Killgore, also 22, just days before she disappeared. Cory Killgore returned from Afghanistan last week following the news of his wife's disappearance.

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Thursday
Apr192012

Brittany Killgore Murder Suspect Enters Plea, Held on $3 Million Bail

ABC(SAN DIEGO) -- The suspect in the killing of Marine wife Brittany Killgore entered a not-guilty plea in court Thursday and was ordered to be held on $3 million bail.

Jessica Lopez, 25, was charged with first-degree murder Thursday in the death of Brittany Killgore, 22, of Fallbrook, Calif. Killgore's body was found dumped near Lake Skinner in Riverside County, Calif., the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.

Lopez was arrested at a Ramada Inn in San Diego Tuesday and then treated for an undisclosed medical condition at a hospital before she was taken into custody.

Key to the case was an apparent suicide note at the arrest scene that detailed the 22-year-old Killgore's fate and the location of her body, according to ABC News affiliate KGTV in San Diego.

Darryl Wrest, Killgore's father, said the family was "devastated and ask to be left alone to grieve at this time."

"Brittany is my daughter. I am here to speak for Brittany as her voice was taken from her. Brittany was a beautiful, kind, caring, young woman trying to find her way in this world. Family and friends love and miss Brittany beyond words. Brittany, was a victim, she did nothing wrong," Wrest said in a statement issued at an afternoon news conference. "There have been stories and comments made from people who do not know my daughter and have their own agendas or opinions. These stories have absolutely no basis in fact. Please leave my daughter in peace, she does not deserve to be a victim of lies and innuendo anymore than she deserved to be murdered."

According to legal records, Lopez once lived with Staff Sgt. Louis Ray Perez, who is considered a person of interest in the case and is behind bars on unrelated charges. Police believe the 45-year-old Marine may have been the last person to see Killgore alive.

Perez is being investigated and has not been cooperative in his interview, according to Lt. Larry Nesbit of the San Diego Sheriff's Office.

The Marine was arraigned Wednesday on an unrelated charge of possession of an AR-15 assault rifle. He is being held on $500,000 bail and has not been charged in Killgore's murder.

Authorities have not commented on the connection between Killgore, Lopez and Perez.

Killgore told friends she was going to spend Friday evening in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. However, authorities believe she never made it. Her cellphone was recovered in the area by San Diego trolley security, triggering an investigation.

Killgore filed for a divorce from her husband, Cory Killgore, also 22, just days before she disappeared Friday evening. Cory Killgore was returning from Afghanistan this week following the news of his wife's disappearance.

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Monday
Apr162012

Marine Questioned In Case of Missing San Diego Woman

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) -- An active-duty marine arrested on an unrelated charge is being questioned in connection with a 22-year-old Fallbrook, Calif., woman who has been missing since Friday.

Brittany Dawn Killgore was last seen by a friend on Friday in Fallbrook around 5 p.m. Police believe the marine, 45-year-old Louis Ray Perez, was the last person seen with Brittany.

Perez, who is based at Camp Pendleton, was booked at the San Diego Central Jail on an unrelated charge of possession of a stolen AR-15 assault rifle. According to the San Diego Central Jail website, Perez was arrested Sunday and is being held on $500,000 bail.

Killgore was reported missing Saturday evening.

“Due to suspicious circumstances, detectives from the Fallbrook Sheriff’s Station and the Homicide Detail were requested and responded,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement.

Police believe there is a “strong likelihood” she is a victim of foul play.

“We recovered her cellphone in the gas lamp district of San Diego,” said Lt. Larry Nesbit of the San Diego County Sheriff’s department.

Police are not revealing the connection between Killgore and Perez. She was last seen wearing a dark purple evening gown with purple floral glitter patterns. She is a white female, 5'7″, 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, according to the sheriff’s department.

The sheriff’s department is deploying Sheriff’s Search and Rescue units to assist in locating the woman. Anyone with information can call Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS (8477).

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