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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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Kindergartner Brings Gun to School, Three Injured

Design Pics/Colleen Cahill/Brand X Pictures(HOUSTON) -- Police say a six-year-old student brought a loaded handgun to school Tuesday and it accidentally discharged, injuring at least three children.

The boy, a kindergartner at the Ross Elementary School, had the gun in the cafeteria when it dropped on the floor and discharged, according to ABC News Houston affiliate KTRK.

None of the injuries are expected to be life-threatening.

Authorities are working to determine how the boy obtained the weapon.

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XM-25 'Punisher': The Army's New Taliban-Hunting Super Weapon

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The target is hiding in a building down range, but he's behind cover and won't pop out for a clear shot. But a U.S. soldier takes aim anyway and pulls the trigger, sending a small grenade round barreling through the air -- seemingly too high to even be close to a hit.

Then, at the precise moment the grenade round flies over the cover and is just above the enemy, it suddenly explodes, taking the target down.

That particular scenario is only played out with a model target in a new video of the Army's next generation grenade rifle system, but similar scenes have already taken place in several real firefights in Afghanistan for the few lucky soldiers who are equipped with the experimental XM-25, lovingly referred to as "The Punisher."

The video, released by the Army and posted on, is the closest look yet at the XM-25 and demonstrates not only the weapon's ability to detonate a grenade at a precise, preprogrammed distance, potentially eliminating enemies' ability to hide behind cover, but also its high-tech sighting system and various ammunition loads.

Five prototypes of the rifles have already seen combat in nine operational missions in Afghanistan as part of what the military called a "forward operational assessment" of the weapon. There, they helped soldiers put a quicker end to deadly firefights, according to a February report by the military.

"The XM25 brought the difference to whether they would stay there 15 to 20 minutes shooting [and] taking pot shots or the actual fight ended after using the XM-25," said Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Smith, Soldier Requirements Division, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga., according to the report. ´╗┐

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