California sex slave LOSES bid to have conviction for BDSM murder of woman overturned after claiming she only took blame for the killing to protect 'master' and 'mistress' she was in throuple with

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  • Brittany Killgore, 22, was abducted and murdered in San Diego in April 2012. In 2015, three people were convicted of her killing
  • Two of those – Marine Staff Sgt. Louis Ray Perez, then 45, and his pregnant girlfriend Dorothy Maraglino, 40 – kept the third, Jessica Lopez, as a sex slave
  • Lopez was a willing ‘slave’, but did not participate in the murder: she tried to overturn her conviction thanks to a law change, but on Tuesday it was denied 

A California sex slave has unsuccessfully sought to have her conviction for murdering a woman overturned after claiming she lied about carrying out the killing to please her ‘master’ and ‘mistress.’

Jessica Lopez wrote a seven-page confession letter after the body of Brittany Killgore, 22, was found on April 17, 2012, near Lake Skinner in Riverside County, California. She subsequently claimed its contents were made up – but a San Diego court ruled Tuesday that she must remain behind bars. 

Lopez, then 25 years old, went to a Ramada Inn hotel in San Diego and tried to kill herself, leaving behind the letter.

She was found by medics and resuscitated, and then arrested.

Lopez’s letter let to the arrest of her ‘master’, Marine Staff Sgt. Louis Ray Perez, then 45, and his pregnant girlfriend Dorothy Maraglino, then 40, who Lopez described as her ‘mistress.’ The trio were in a three-way ‘throuple’ relationship that saw Lopez wear a dog collar and eat from a dog bowl. 

Jessica Lopez, who said she was a willing 'sex slave' for Louis Perez and Dorothy Maraglino, is pictured in court for her sentencing in November 2015. On Tuesday she lost her bid to have her conviction for murder overturned

Jessica Lopez, who said she was a willing ‘sex slave’ for Louis Perez and Dorothy Maraglino, is pictured in court for her sentencing in November 2015. On Tuesday she lost her bid to have her conviction for murder overturned

A pregnant Dorothy Maraglino is pictured in June 2012 after her arrest for Brittany Killgore's murder
Louis Perez

A pregnant Dorothy Maraglino is pictured in June 2012 after her arrest for Brittany Killgore’s murder. Her partner, Louis Perez (right) is pictured at his trial in March 2013

Killgore was abducted by Louis Perez, a Marine, who she knew through her husband Cory Killgore, who was also a Marine

Killgore was abducted by Louis Perez, a Marine, who she knew through her husband Cory Killgore, who was also a Marine

Brittany and Cory Killgore. He was in Afghanistan when she was murdered: she had filed for divorce two weeks before her death

Brittany and Cory Killgore. He was in Afghanistan when she was murdered: she had filed for divorce two weeks before her death

Killgore’s husband Cory Killgore was a Marine and she was acquainted with Perez and Maraglino through her husband.

She had filed for divorce just days before she disappeared, while Cory was serving in Afghanistan. She was packing up her belongings to move home to Missouri when Perez approached her and offered to help if she would go on a dinner cruise with him.

Perez then abducted Killgore and forced her into a sexual bondage and torture session before she was strangled and dumped in the ditch.

All three – Perez, Maraglino, and Lopez – were convicted in 2015 of Killgore’s murder and given life sentences.

But Lopez wanted to take advantage of a 2018 law change which ruled that accomplices who were not the actual killers or who did not play a significant role in the killing would not be charged with murder.

Lopez last week changed her story, and told a judge she had not participated in the killing, but wrote the confession because she was under orders from her ‘master’ and ‘mistress’.

Sloan Ostbye, Lopez’s attorney, told the court last week that Lopez was a willing ‘slave’, and wrote the confession letter to try and spare her ‘master’ and ‘mistress.’

‘She was manipulated, used and told to take responsibility for the crime,’ Ostbye said, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.

Lopez told the court: ‘Slaves don’t ask questions. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true.’

Jessica Lopez is pictured in June 2012 speaking to her lawyer in court

Jessica Lopez is pictured in June 2012 speaking to her lawyer in court

Lopez said she and Maraglino were at a grocery store while Perez kidnapped Killgore, but had forgotten her wallet so drove home to get it, and found a ‘distracted’ Perez.

Lopez returned to the store, and Perez texted Maraglino to come home.

The two women returned home, and Maraglino went into the house and told Lopez to wait in the car.

Lopez said she waited in the car, then took the grocery bags and went into the garage, which had been converted to her bedroom.

In the room she saw a woman on her knees, with her head on the floor and her face turned away.

Lopez said the woman had tape wrapped around her head.

Lopez said Perez and Maraglino were also in the room, talking, and ordered Lopez upstairs.

She obeyed and spent the evening alone watching a movie.

Brittany Killgore was forced by Perez and Maraglino into a BDSM session, while Lopez was upstairs, Lopez now says

Brittany Killgore was forced by Perez and Maraglino into a BDSM session, while Lopez was upstairs, Lopez now says

The next day, Perez ordered her to help dispose of Killgore’s body.

Ostbye argued Lopez, as a willing sex slave, was brainwashed by Perez and Maraglino.

She ate out of a dog bowl, wore a collar, and participated in their bondage, discipline, dominance and submission sessions.

‘She was willing to be cut, tattooed, eat out of bowls, even willing to kill herself,’ said Ostbye.

‘She was so controlled and brainwashed, she did whatever she was told to do.’

However, on Tuesday, the judge decided Lopez was a major participant in the killing, and so the conviction should stand.

‘He had an understanding of the lifestyle between these participants, the BDSM lifestyle and the violence that was inflicted in the home,’ said Patrick Espinoza, chief deputy district attorney of San Diego, explaining the judge’s decision.

‘And he was able to use that evidence to make a conclusion that she was not only a major participant, but she also had a reckless disregard for human life.’

Maraglino has also petitioned to have her murder conviction vacated under the new law, 10 News reported. A court date for her hearing has not been set.




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