Saturday 17 August 2019

Ashton Kutcher gives evidence in murder trial of woman he dated

Actor Ashton Kutcher testifies at the murder trial of accused serial killer Michael Thomas Gargiulo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 29, 2019. Genaro Molina/Pool via REUTERS
Actor Ashton Kutcher testifies at the murder trial of accused serial killer Michael Thomas Gargiulo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 29, 2019. Genaro Molina/Pool via REUTERS
Daniel Nardoni, defence attorney, questions actor Ashton Kutcher at the murder trial of accused serial killer Michael Thomas Gargiulo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 29, 2019. Frederick M. Brown/Pool via REUTERS
Defense Attorney Daniel Nardoni, left, questions Ashton Kutcher during his tesitimony in the murder trial of Michael Gargiulo at Los Angeles Superior Court, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (Frederick M. Brown/Pool via AP)
Actor Ashton Kutcher testifies at the murder trial of accused Serial killer Michael Thomas Gargiulo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 29, 2019. Frederick M. Brown/Pool via REUTERS
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Ashton Kutcher has testified as a witness during a murder trial in Los Angeles.

The 41-year-old actor told the court he went to pick up Ashley Ellerin to go out for drinks on a night in 2001, but left when she did not answer her door.

The next day he learned she had been killed.

The TV and film star said from the witness stand on Wednesday that he looked into the window at the Hollywood home of 22-year-old Miss Ellerin and saw what he believed were wine stains.

Defense Attorney Daniel Nardoni, left, questions Ashton Kutcher during his tesitimony in the murder trial of Michael Gargiulo at Los Angeles Superior Court, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (Frederick M. Brown/Pool via AP)
Defense Attorney Daniel Nardoni, left, questions Ashton Kutcher during his tesitimony in the murder trial of Michael Gargiulo at Los Angeles Superior Court, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (Frederick M. Brown/Pool via AP)

He then left, thinking the fashion design student had already gone out for the night.

Kutcher said he told detectives the next day he knew his fingerprints were on the door and he was "freaking out".

Actor Ashton Kutcher testifies at the murder trial of accused Serial killer Michael Thomas Gargiulo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 29, 2019. Frederick M. Brown/Pool via REUTERS
Actor Ashton Kutcher testifies at the murder trial of accused Serial killer Michael Thomas Gargiulo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 29, 2019. Frederick M. Brown/Pool via REUTERS

His testimony came during the trial of Michael Gargiulo, who is charged with killing Miss Ellerin and another woman.

Gargiulo, 43, has pleaded not guilty at Los Angeles Superior Court to two counts of murder and an attempted-murder charge stemming from attacks in the Los Angeles area between 2001 and 2008.

Daniel Nardoni, defence attorney, questions actor Ashton Kutcher at the murder trial of accused serial killer Michael Thomas Gargiulo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 29, 2019. Frederick M. Brown/Pool via REUTERS
Daniel Nardoni, defence attorney, questions actor Ashton Kutcher at the murder trial of accused serial killer Michael Thomas Gargiulo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 29, 2019. Frederick M. Brown/Pool via REUTERS

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