Tuesday 20 August 2019

Closing arguments due in trial of man accused of murders

Michael Gargiulo denies fatally stabbing two women and attempting to kill a third.

Michael Gargiulo, left, talks with his attorney Daniel Nardoni (AP)
Michael Gargiulo, left, talks with his attorney Daniel Nardoni (AP)

By Andrew Dalton

Lawyers for a man charged with killing two Southern California women and trying to kill a third will make their last effort to convince a jury that the case against him is thin and insufficient.

The defence for 43-year-old Michael Gargiulo is set to present closing arguments to a Los Angeles jury on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, prosecutors portrayed Gargiulo as a serial killer who researched both his victims and how to get away with murder.

A picture of the defendant and his alleged victims is flashed on a screen in court (AP)

His lawyers will likely remind jurors of the light physical evidence tying him to the fatal stabbings of a woman in Hollywood in 2001 and another in an LA suburb in 2005.

The defence’s case also includes testimony from a psychologist who says Gargiulo has dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder.

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