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Kutcher testifies he knocked on slain woman's door in 2001

Kutcher testifies he knocked on slain woman's door in 2001”

According to The Blast, during his testimony, Kutcher described Ellerin as a "casual acquaintance" who he was taking out on a date the night of her death. Prosecutors allege Gargiulo, whom they called a "serial sexual-thrill killer", entered the house and stabbed Ellerin 47 times.

The actor said from the witness stand that he had kept Ashley Ellerin waiting for hours on February 21, 2001, when he arrived at the her Hollywood home, where he had been to a party about a week earlier. He said he called Ellerin nearly an hour later and left a voicemail saying he was still running late. Kutcher was called to the stand at 9:36 a.m. He said he last spoke to her at 8:24 p.m. that evening, and called her after to let her know he was on his way home and then to a party, but she didn't answer her phone. He arrived between 10:30 and 10:45 p.m. and noticed a security gate was open. The night before, Kutcher had stopped to pick her up for a date.

He then chose to check on Ellerin and paid a visit to her apartment, where he noticed the lights had been left on, even though there was no answer when he knocked on the front door. However, he realized all the lights were on despite the front door being locked, and knocked a couple more times with no reply, figuring maybe she was upset with him.

"It was not alarming to me", the actor explained, because her housewarming bash had been rather wild.

He thought it may be spilled wine from a party.

"I remember the next day after I heard about what happened, I went to the detectives and said, 'My fingerprints are on the door, '" Kutcher testified.

He also faces charges in the murder of an 18-year-old IL neighbor on her front porch. He is charged separately with killing an 18-year-old Glenview, Illinois, woman, and is awaiting trial there.

However, defense attorney Daniel Nardoni said prosecutors have no concrete evidence to link Gargiulo to Ellerin's murder. He also said he did not recall seeing Gargiulo at any parties.

Gargiulo is also charged with the 2005 murder of Maria Bruno, and the attempted murder of Michelle Murphy, who was stabbed in her home in 2008. "All of the attacks occurred at night, all of the victims suffered multiple stab wounds, all of the victims were stabbed with the knife, each of the victims was attacked in or around her home and in close proximity of Mr. Gargiulo".



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