'Hollywood ripper' found guilty of two murders2019|01:36
[Upsound: “We the jury in the above and titled action find the defendant, Michael Gargiulo, guilty in the crime of first degree murder…] The man dubbed “the Hollywood ripper” was found guilty Thursday of murdering two women and attempting to murder a third. Forty-three year-old Michael Gargiulo sat silently as the verdict was read in a Los Angeles courtroom. [Upsound: “Juror Number 2, are these your verdicts?” "Yes." "Juror Number 3 are these your verdicts?" "Yes."] The jury deliberated three days before finding the alleged serial killer guilty on all counts - including for the 2001 death of 22-year-old fashion design student Ashley Ellerin the night she was set to go on a date with actor Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher took the witness stand in May, saying he had arrived at Ellerin’s Hollywood bungalow the night of Feb. 22, 2001, but she didn’t answer the door. Peering through the window he said he saw what he thought was red wine spilled on a carpet. Ellerin was found dead at her home the next morning by a roommate. She had been stabbed 47 times by Gargiulo, prosecutors claimed. Gargiulo was also charged with killing 32-year-old Maria Bruno in 2005 and attempting to kill then-26 year-old Michelle Murphy in 2008. Murphy fought off her attacker and testified at the trial. The trial moves to the sentencing phase next week. Gargiulo could get the death penalty or life in prison without parole if a jury determines he was sane at the time of the crimes. He is awaiting a separate trial in Illinois for the 1993 murder of his former neighbor, 18-year-old Tricia Pacaccio.