Jury finds man guilty in serial killing case

‘Hollywood Ripper’ Gargiulo Found Guilty of Killing 2 Women, Including Ashton Kutcher’s Ex - Report

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis step out just hours after 'Hollywood Ripper' gets convicted of murder

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A jury has found a man described by prosecutors as a serial killer guilty of fatally stabbing two women and attempting to kill a third in their Southern California homes. That night, according to prosecutors, Ellerin missed a date with Kutcher, who had invited her to an after-party for the Grammy Awards. He testified during the trial that he went Ellerin's home that night and that the lights were on, but nobody answered the door. 'Then I saw what I thought was red wine on the carpet'.

Gargiulo stabbed Ashley Ellerin (left) to death at her Hollywood home at age 22 in 2001.

Gargiulo was also convicted of the 2005 murder of a 32-year old, mother of four, Maria Bruno, in her home in El Monte, an L.A. suburb.

The verdict for 43-year-old Michael Gargiulo, is scheduled to be read at 11 a.m. PDT Thursday.

The trial will next decide if he was sane at the time of the attack before sentencing.

Defence lawyers argued there was no evidence in the two murder cases.

Prosecutors said Gargiulo's series of stabbings began in the Chicago area in 1993.

According to prosecutors, Gargiulo "quite literally butchered" Bruno, as he sliced off her breasts and placed a part of one in her mouth.

The Los Angeles jury has been deliberating for three days on two charges of murder and one of attempted murder.

But in 2008, his third potential victim Michelle Murphy managed to fight him off when she woke up to Gargiulo on top of her, stabbing her with a knife. A trail of blood was linked to Gargiulo.

"It's incomprehensible to me that you can make a case against someone when you can't even prove where they were", defense attorney Dale Rubin said during closing arguments. Gargiulo has denied responsibility for the attacks.

Tricia Pacaccio, 18, was a Glenview South High School graduate in IL and had been accepted to Purdue University when she was murdered in 1993. He was charged in Pacaccio's killing in IL in 2011. She was reportedly his friend's older sister.

Actor Ashton Kutcher testifies in the murder trial of serial killer suspect Michael Gargiulo.

On Thursday, the jury unanimously found Gargiulo guilty of first-degree murder in the murders of Ellerin and Maria Bruno.

Jurors also found Gargiulo guilty of several special-circumstance allegations, including lying in wait and multiple murders, which make him eligible for the death penalty or life in prison without parole. The death penalty is a possibility during his sentencing at a later date, although California recently issued a moratorium on executions.

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