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20 April 2024

Jury reaches decision on sentence for 'Boy Next Door Killer'


A Los Angeles jury has decided whether a man prosecutors have dubbed "The Boy Next Door Killer" will get a sentence of death or life in prison for the killings of two women and the attempted murder of a third.

The jury's decision in the case of 43-year-old Michael Gargiulo will be read in court at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

In August, the same jurors convicted Gargiulo of the killings including the 2001 murder of Ashley Ellerin on a night she was to go out with actor Ashton Kutcher, who testified at the trial.

The surviving victim and Gargiulo's teenage son were among those who testified in the penalty phase.

Prosecutors assigned Gargiulo the "Boy Next Door Killer" moniker because he lived near all the victims and watched them.