SAN DIEGO -- One of the three people now charged with murdering a 22-year-old Marine wife says she was imitating the television show "Dexter." The Showtime series is about a serial killer.
In the note to police, Jessica Lopez describes strangling Brittany Dawn Killgore "as if my idol Dexter had spoken directly to me," according to the Los Angeles Times.
Lopez, 25, wrote that she then decided to dismember Killgore's body: "I made a few attempts to chop her up like Dexter with Masters power tools but I was afraid it was too loud and it sucked at cutting flesh."
Search warrants released Wednesday include evidence that the suspects in the murder of a young wife of a Camp Pendleton Marine were involved in sex slave role playing and had a "sex dungeon" in their Fallbrook home.
The nude body of 22-year-old Brittany Killgore was discovered on April 17 near Lake Skinner in southern Riverside County, four days after she disappeared. In addition to Lopez, Dorothy Maraglino and Louis Ray Perez have been charged in Killgore's death.
One of the four warrants released sought cell phone records between April 13, when Killgore was last seen getting into Perez's Ford Explorer, and April 14, when a friend of Killgore reported her missing.
The warrant, written by San Diego Sheriff's homicide Det. Brian Patterson, detailed evidence that investigators collected during their early investigation of Killgore's death.
During a search of the home that Maraglino and Lopez shared at 317 E. Fallbrook Street in Fallbrook, detectives found "sex apparatus and sex toys," Patterson wrote. "One room appeared to be set up as some type of sex dungeon. Dorothy Maraglino and Louis Perez told Detective Patterson that they were involved in sexual activities which included master, servant and slave role playing."
Detectives also interviewed an ex-girlfriend of Perez who told them that she and Perez engaged in bondage, whipping, spanking and cutting. On one occasion, they held a woman in the sex dungeon and did not allow her to leave without permission from Perez of Maraglino, according to the warrant.
After arresting Perez on an unrelated gun charge, sheriff's detectives began searching for Maraglino and Lopez, according to the warrant. They found Maraglino's pickup parked at a Ramada Inn at 1403 Rosecrans Street in San Diego, according to the warrant. Jessica Lopez was in a room at the motel, where she had attempted to kill herself, Patterson wrote. They found a seven-page document in the room signed by Lopez. In it, she said she had dumped Killgore's body "in almost plain sight" near Lake Skinner.
Later that day, investigators discovered Killgore's body where the document said it would be.
The warrant says that detectives searched Perez's Ford Explorer and found a stun baton with a human hair. They also found latex gloves and a plastic bag that were stained with a red substance. The red stains were analyzed and turned out to be Brittany Killgore's blood, Patterson said.
Suspect in Marine's Wife's Murder Says She Imitated "Dexter"
Brittany Killgore, 22 (KTLA-TV / April 17, 2012)