Suspects in Marine wife's case linked through home

A woman arrested in the killing of a Marine's wife is in foreclosure proceedings on a home listed as a residence by another Marine and woman who have been charged with murder in the case, property records show.

Dorothy Grace Marie Maraglino bought the yellow stucco home in Fallbrook in December 2009, records show. Bank of America filed a default notice two weeks ago, saying she owed $12,862.

Maraglino, 36, was arrested at a hotel in downtown San Diego late Thursday and booked on suspicion of murder in the death of 22-year-old Brittany Killgore, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said.

She was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Vista. Sheriff's records do not indicate whether a suspect has an attorney.

Tanya Sierra, a spokeswoman for the San Diego County district attorney's office, said Friday that no decision had been made on whether to file charges against Maraglino.

Louis Ray Perez, 45, a Marine staff sergeant, and Jessica Lynn Lopez, 27, have pleaded not guilty to the murder. Prosecutors have said the two lived together at one time but have not said when or where. Records show both have listed the Fallbrook home as their residence.

Maraglino has had a registered business named Rwayom Minote since July 2008. State records do not describe the nature of the San Diego company.

Authorities have not indicated a motive for the slaying.

Gore said late Thursday that Maraglino's arrest was the result of evidence obtained during the investigation. He did not elaborate.

A sheriff's department spokeswoman, Melissa Aquino, declined to comment on the case Friday.

Maraglino's house is a mile from Killgore's apartment in Fallbrook, a town of 38,000 people known for its avocado orchards and proximity to Camp Pendleton.

Killgore was last seen April 13 in a purple evening gown, three days after she filed for divorce from Lance Cpl. Cory Killgore, who was serving in Afghanistan at the time.

Prosecutors say Killgore met Perez for a night out but things quickly went wrong.

"She sent a text saying, 'Help,'" Patrick Espinoza, a San Diego County deputy district attorney, said at Perez's arraignment last month. "She was missing from that point on."

Investigators found Killgore's blood and a weapon in Perez's car, according to prosecutors. Perez told investigators he dropped off Killgore in downtown San Diego's bustling Gaslamp District, but investigators concluded that he lied about his whereabouts and stayed about 60 miles north in Fallbrook.

Cory Killgore has not been named as a suspect or person of interest in the killing and has said he is devastated by his wife's death. The couple married in July 2010.


Associated Press researcher Rhonda Shafner contributed to this report.