LA beautician cleared of alleged murder plot against rival

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Posted: Jan 22, 2015 1:59 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A skin-care specialist to the stars has been acquitted of charges she plotted to murder a rival beautician she wrongly blamed for stalking her.

Los Angeles County jurors reached the verdict Thursday in the case against former model Dawn DaLuise.

Prosecutors alleged DaLuise became so obsessed with a competitor that she tried hiring a hitman to kill him.

Defense lawyers say DaLuise was venting when she told friends she hated Gabriel Suarez and found someone to take him out.

Authorities say there was no evidence anyone acted on a plot to kill Suarez.

DaLuise was upset with Suarez because she thought he posted an ad on Craigslist that she wanted to be part of a "rape fantasy."

Police later connected the postings to a friend of DaLuise.