On Tuesday, a judge in California dismissed a woman’s claim that, when a marine’s wife was abducted, tortured, and died, she was simply carrying out her masters’ orders in a bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism dream.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Jessica Lynn Lopez, who was found guilty of the 2012 murder of Brittany Killgore, asked the judge to overturn the decision on Tuesday after she withdrew a confession letter that claimed that Dorothy Maraglino had given all the orders.
Kilgore, who was 22 at the time, was not a follower of the BDSM scene, but Lopez and two other people were friends with him. Lopez referred to Maraglino as her master and called her his “slave,” the report said.
A recently amended statute specifies that as long as the accomplice was not the murderer or played a significant role in the crime, they are no longer guilty of murder and are only charged with a serious felony instead.
During the hearing on Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Robert Kearney referred to Lopez’s testimony as “unreasonable.”
“I don’t find it to be a credible or reasonable assertion of what occurred that day,” the judge said, denying her request to vacate the 2012 conviction.
Killgore, according to the prosecution, was divorcing her husband, Corey, and seeking a means to leave when Perez allegedly approached her and pretended to provide assistance.
On April 13, 2012, she was abducted by Maraglino, who authorities claim hated Killgore and plotted the actions.