Jury to decide on death sentence for ‘Boy Next Door Killer’

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Michael Gargiulo

FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo Michael Gargiulo listens as his guilty verdicts on all counts are read in Los Angeles Superior Court. A Los Angeles jury will decide 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. Closing arguments ended Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in the penalty phase of the trial of 43-year-old Gargiulo, and jurors will now deliberate his fate. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury has started deliberating 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.

Closing arguments ended Wednesday in the penalty phase of the trial of 43-year-old Michael Gargiulo.

The jury in August 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.

Surviving victim Michelle Murphy testified during the penalty phase that for years she lived in fear after the attack.

Gargiulo’s 16-year-old son also took the stand during the penalty phase and asked that jurors spare his father’s life.

Prosecutors assigned Gargiulo the “Boy Next Door Killer” moniker because he lived near all the victims.

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