Ashton Kutcher set to testify in serial killer trial
Movie and TV star Ashton Kutcher could help put away an alleged serial killer accused of brutally murdering 10 women, including the actor’s girlfriend, Ashley Ellerin.
The trial of accused murderer Michael Gargiulo will begin in Los Angeles this week and Kutcher has been called upon as one of the witnesses to take the stand.
Kutcher will be recalling the night in 2001 when his then-girlfriend was stabbed to death in her home in the Hollywood Hills.
In 2001, Kutcher was at the height of Dude, Where’s My Car? fame when he began dating Ellerin.
Kutcher and Ellerin had plans to meet up later after he attended a party at a friend’s house to watch the Grammys. After the show was finished, Kutcher tried to call Ellerin twice, according to the statement he gave police.
Kutcher had figured she was annoyed he didn’t invite her to his friend’s party, and he drove to her house to make peace. However, when he knocked on the door, there was no answer.
All the lights were on in the house and his girlfriend’s car was in the driveway, so Kutcher peered in the window. He thought he saw red wine on the floor, so he assumed she had some drinks and gone to bed. Kutcher proceeded to go home.
However, the next day, it was discovered that it was blood and not red wine. Ellerin had been stabbed 47 times and her body had been laying slumped out of view, left posed in a sexually suggestive position.
Her killing was violent, brutal and, according to the coroner’s report, she had been stabbed so many times she was almost decapitated.
Her flatmate found her the next morning.
Gargiulo immediately became a suspect after Ellerin’s friends told police he had become obsessed with her when he moved in nearby.
Ellerin had invited him to a few parties that were held within the house, despite her friends expressing their concern that he was fixated on her.
It has been 20 years since her passing, and friends and family of Ellerin and the other victims are desperately hoping for justice. They want to see Gargiulo convicted and sentenced to a life behind bars.
The trial begins on May 2 at the Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles.