More information is coming to light in the April death of a Marine wife in Fallbrook.
According to a 10News report, Brittany Killgore, 22, was strangled to death and then dumped in Riverside County allegedly by 25-year-old Jessica Lynn Lopez.
According to a handwritten letter discovered in a Point Loma motel room four days after Killgore disappeared, the victim was stunned with a Taser and strangled.
When detectives discovered Lopez in the motel room last April 17, they found her naked from the waist up with blood on her body and cuts on her neck and left arm. Lopez, who will next be in court Aug. 21, is charged in Killgore’s murder, along with a Camp Pendleton Marine and his girlfriend.
The letter found read, in part: “I hid the body of that whore in almost plain sight … she didn’t deserve a burial. I dropped that useless waste of space off some little hill off the road by Lake Skinner. I tossed bleach all over the (expletive) & just rolled her down the hill. You’ll also find a Taser mark and several ligature marks around her scrawny little neck.”
Killgore, who was in the process of divorcing her husband who was serving with the Marines in Afghanistan, disappeared April 13, when she was supposed to go out to the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego with Marine Sgt. Louis Perez, who is also charged with her murder.
That night, Killgore texted the word “help” to a friend, according to the second of a pair of search warrants released Wednesday, along with two affidavits.
According to the search warrants, authorities were suspicious of several text messages sent from Killgore’s phone.
One text to Killgore’s phone stated: “Brittany are u okay, I am freaking out here” A text in response noted: “yes, I love this party”.
Authorities claimed they were suspicious of this text message exchange because Killgore never used the word “yes” in her texting. Killgore apparently “only used the word ‘yeah’ when texting.”
Authorities said Killgore’s cellphone and Perez’s cellphone were being used in the Fallbrook area during the time they were reported to be in the Gaslamp Quarter.
The next day, Perez, 45, was arrested on unrelated weapons charges. A subsequent inspection of his white Ford Explorer discovered items “used to cover up and/or assist in the assault, kidnapping and/or murder of Brittany Killgore.”
Additionally, inside the Explorer authorities found a plastic bag, “but inside this bag was another plastic bag with latex gloves, stun baton and trash.” The “gloves and plastic bag had a red substance present which tested presumptive for blood,” the warrants noted. A DNA profile recovered from the blood “confirmed to be a match to a DNA profile for Brittany Killgore.”
Members of the Sheriff’s Department served search warrants on a home at 317 E. Fallbrook St. where Perez, his girlfriend, Dorothy Maraglino, and Lopez lived.
Several bondage type sex apparatuses, toys and tools were discovered in the residence, and authorities noted that one of the rooms appeared to be set up as some type of sex dungeon, according to the warrant.
Maraglino, 37, is also charged in Killgore’s murder.