Warrants: Slain Marine's wife targeted by sex ring

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Posted: Jul 18, 2012 7:11 PM
Warrants: Slain Marine's wife targeted by sex ring

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A woman accused of murdering a Marine's wife was obsessed with another defendant who operated a "sex dungeon" at their home and feared the victim was trying to steal him away, according to search warrants unsealed Wednesday.

The warrants include a note by suspect Jessica Lopez telling police that she grabbed Brittany Killgore by the ankles and slammed her into the stairs. A judge ordered the documents released at the request of news organizations, including The Associated Press.

The documents shed light on Killgore's mysterious killing and a possible motive. Roommates Louis Ray Perez, Lopez and Dorothy Maraglino have pleaded not guilty to murder.

Prosecutors say the 22-year-old Killgore disappeared after agreeing to go on a dinner cruise with Perez, who is also a Marine. Her body was found near a Southern California lake in April.

In the note, Lopez says she taped Killgore's ankles, wrists and mouth and then zapped her with a stun gun.

Lopez wrote that she believed Killgore was trying to come between her and Perez. Authorities say in the warrants that Perez operated what looked like a "sex dungeon" at their home in Fallbrook, north of San Diego.