Ashton Kutcher Testifies at the Trial of Alleged Serial Killer Michael Gargiulo

Bettina Dizon
May 31, 2019
04:59 A.M.
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Ashton Kutcher, 41, testified after his fingerprints were left at the door of his date the night she was murdered by an alleged serial killer.

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Ashton Kutcher and Ashley Ellerin, 22, were supposed to go on a dinner date on the evening of February 21, 2001, but instead, she was stabbed to death by a serial killer in her home. On Wednesday, Kutcher testified in the trial of the prime suspect, Michael Gargiulo.

FEBRUARY 21, 2001

It could have been romance that filled the air on the night of February 21, but instead, it was a horrifying night as Ellerin’s life was put to an end. Kutcher and Ellerin made plans over the phone to have dinner and drinks after previously meeting in December.

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After gaining knowledge about Ellerin’s murder the following day, he called the police knowing he had left fingerprints on the woman’s doorknob while trying to check if she was home.

However, the 22-year-old was out of reach, making Kutcher go to her residence between 10:30 and 10:45, to see if she was home. He knocked at the door, seeing the lights inside were open, yet no one answered.

He “just assumed she had gone out with her friend and bailed,” the actor testified.

But Ellerin didn’t bail; she was there -- dead. Prosecutors say Gargiulo entered the woman’s home as she was preparing for her date and stabbed her 47 times.

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“I WAS FREAKING OUT”

After gaining knowledge about Ellerin’s murder the following day, he called the police knowing he had left fingerprints on the woman’s doorknob while trying to check if she was home.

“I knocked on the door. There was no answer. Knocked again. And once again, no answer,” Kutcher testified. “At this point, I pretty well assumed she had left for the night, and that I was late, and she was upset.”

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A GOOD MAN

Kutcher is known for his roles in “That ‘70s Show” and “Two and a Half Men” and for helping save thousands of child victims of sex trafficking. He co-founded a non-profit organization called “Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children” in 2009, with his ex-wife, Demi Moore.

“We’re building tools to stand up the toughest environments and empowering the frontlines to stop abuse before it happens,” says the organization's website.

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