AceShowbiz - Ashton Kutcher is "expected to testify" in the trial against alleged serial killer Michael Gargiulo, who is accused of murdering a woman the actor was dating.
The murder trial against Gargiulo, who has been dubbed the Hollywood Ripper, opened on Thursday, May 02, at Los Angeles County Superior Court, where he stands accused of murdering two women, Ashley Ellerin and Maria Bruno, and the attempted murder of Michelle Murphy in the Los Angeles area between 2001 and 2008.
Kutcher, who dated Ellerin, is "expected to testify" at the trial, a spokesperson for the court told E! News. His testimony could help establish the timeline of events that unfolded on the night of 21 February 2001, when 22-year-old fashion student Ellerin was brutally stabbed to death.
The actor, who was 23 at the time, had been planning to take Ellerin as his date to a post-Grammy Awards party that night. In a police statement, he said he called her more than 20 times but she never picked up, so he decided to head to her Hollywood apartment. He arrived at her home around 10:45pm and when she didn't answer the door, he peered inside the window and saw what he thought was a puddle of spilled red wine, which later turned out to be her blood. Despite the fact her car was in the driveway, Kutcher left because he believed she was mad at him for being late. Her body was discovered the following day by her roommate.
Ellerin's murder went unsolved until detectives connected her death to that of 32-year-old Bruno in 2005 and the attempted murder of Murphy in 2008.
Kutcher, now 41, is married to actress Mila Kunis and they have two children.
Gargiulo has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Once the Los Angeles trial concludes, Gargiulo will be sent back to Illinois to face murder charges for his alleged first victim, Tricia Pacaccio.