"Help." That was reportedly the last text message a woman sent before she was killed.
According to NBC 7 San Diego, the death penalty will not be sought by California prosecutors in the case against three people accused of the kidnapping, torture, and savage murder of 22-year-old Brittany Kilgore.
The accused—Louis Perez, 48, Dorothy Maraglino, 39, and Jessica Lynn Lopez, 27—will instead face life in prison if they are convicted.
The San Diego District Attorney’s Office did not state why the death penalty would not be sought, reports The Daily Mail.
Kilgore, the wife of a Marine, went missing on April 13, 2012, after reportedly agreeing to meet with Perez, police said. Her body was found nude and mutilated near Lake Skinner in Riverside County fours days later.
Camp Pendleton Marine sergeant Perez met Kilgore when she and a friend went to a home in Fallbrook, north of San Diego, to purchase an item being sold online. Kilgore did not purchase the item, but contacted Perez via text message later to inquire whether he knew anyone that could help her move.
Prosecutors believe Kilgore was kidnapped and made a reluctant member of a sex game between Perez, Maraglino, and Lopez, who allegedly participated in what NBC 7 San Diego describes as a bondage, discipline, and sadomasochistic (BDSM) lifestyle.
Police found in the home shared by all three of the accused whips, sex toys, rope and pulleys, a document titled ‘Slave Rules,’ duct tape, a stun baton, and other instruments commonly used in bondage.
Kilgore’s blood and hair was found on several of the items by police.
A suicide letter was discovered, written by Lopez, that allegedly claimed she killed Kilgore “out of fear that the woman would steal away Perez.” She referred to him as her “master.” The letter alluded to Perez and Maraglino not being responsible for Kilgore’s murder, but prosecutors believe all were involved.
At the time of Kilgore’s disappearance and subsequent murder, her Marine husband was stationed overseas in Afghanistan.