Ashton Kutcher is expected to testify against serial killer Michael Gargiulo, the man accused of murdering his then-girlfriend, Ashley Ellerin, in 2001.
Recently unearthed legal documents reveal the cops now believe the 22-year-old student and part-time stripper was one of four victims slain by Gargiulo. Prosecutors call Gargiulo “a serial, psychosexual thrill killer who engages in the systematic slaughter of beautiful women because he takes sexual pleasure from manipulating, stabbing and killing his victims.”
Michael Gargiulo (Photo Credit: CBS)
Ashley was seeing Ashton at the time of her untimely death on Feb. 21, 2001.
It was the night of the Grammys, and Ashley reached out to Ashton to ask if she should come to his friend’s house to watch the award show. He told her no and that they would meet up later at her home.
Unfortunately, Gargiulo got to her first.
Ashley Ellerin (Photo Credit: CBS)
A 2010 piece in ‘LA Weekly’ states, “Kutcher, interviewed by detectives the day after Ellerin’s slaying, said he called her twice that night but she didn’t answer. He blamed bad reception and drove over at 10:45 p.m. Ellerin’s lights were on and her maroon BMW was in the drive. He knocked several times, and when she didn’t answer he peered through a front window.
“Kutcher saw what he assumed to be red wine stains leading toward the bedroom. ‘He figured she was upset’ because he was late, and ‘she brushed him off. So he left,’ testified LAPD Detective Thomas Shevolek.”
Ashley’s roommate discovered the crime scene and the body the next morning. The victim had been stabbed 35 times in such a frenzied attack, that her head was almost severed from her body.
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After friends’ concerns about “Mike the furnace man” led police to Gargiulo, he was arrested and has since confessed to killing as many as 10 women.
The alleged serial killer is currently awaiting trial, which is expected to begin soon.
'Radar Online' was first to report the new legal findings.