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Suspect Named in Murder of Ashton's Ex

8/30/2008 10:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ashton KutcherPolice have used DNA to link a man to the 2001 murder of Ashley Ellerin -- who happened to be dating Ashton Kutcher at the time of her death.

The story goes like this: Back in the pre-Demi days, Kutcher told police he went to pick up Ellerin for a post-Grammy party, but she didn't answer the door. He looked through a back window and saw what he thought were red wine stains on the carpet. He eventually left.

Those weren't wine stains and her body was discovered the next day by a friend.

Michael Gargiulo has been in custody since June for attempted murder of another woman. That's when DNA tests were used to link him to several murders, including Ellerin's.

Gargiulo's lawyer, Anthony V. Salerno, says he has not been charged in Ellerin's murder, but admits he's the prime suspect.

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arte help    

Tragic

2244 days ago
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northern gypsy    

thank god for dna...

2244 days ago
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Tangie    

So, he wasn't too concerned that she wasn't there for the date, and there were red stains on the floor? He didn't investigate at all? Bizarre.

2244 days ago
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Melody    

Red wine stains? Kinda dumb sounding...

2244 days ago
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Shelly    

Yeah...I also find it Bizarre that Ashton didn't find it strange that his girlfriend was not there for their date or that their were red stains on her floor??? He just assumed they were wine??? Crazy..........that's messed up Ashton really......unbelievable. Some people are heartless.

2244 days ago
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nick    

if they were dating when she died, she's not really his "ex"... I think that would be "former"???

2244 days ago
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DaveRog    

Wait a minute. He has a date with her, she doesn't answer the door and he looks in and sees red stains?

Sounds like little Ashton was trying to protect his career and put himself above the girl. What if she was in there still alive when he looked through the window? What if he had called 911, could she have been saved?

I guess we will never know.

He's just as I suspected...a little prick.

2244 days ago
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Dawgpound    

Ashton- I am shocked to hear this story. You want to take a young girl to an event like this. You actually look in the window and see "wine stains" after she does not answer the door. Did ya have a good time that night, were ya just a little concerned. Always thought there was something a little different about this young man.

2244 days ago
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D    

"Wine stains?" Really? Something about that just seem quite right. Seriously. Wine stains?

C'mon.

2244 days ago
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TREBOR ELKNID    

JUST IN: FEDERAL APPEALS COURT SIDE WITH REPUBLICAN PARTY WHICH SUED TO STOP A MEAT PACKER FROM TESTING FOR MAD COW, IN ITS SLAUGHTERED ANIMALS. ---SEEMS THE REALLY BIG REPUBLICAN SUPPORTER, MEAT PACKERS DON'T WANT TO PUT OUT THE EXTRA BUCKS TO TEST, --- SO NO ONE SHOULD. FOR ME? I CHOOSE TO HAVE THEM TEST BUT THIS WONT HAPPEN TILL WE CHANGE THE PARTY IN POWER----
OBAMA IS OUR ONLY CHOICE

2244 days ago
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Toby Christensen    

PUNK'D!!

2244 days ago
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midi    

hmmm, he didn't try to get help? wine stains? maybe he just didn't care or have any intuitive ability to feel that something was obviously up. who knows. it must have been awful finding out after, though...

2244 days ago
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Jill    

I was one of the reporters who worked for STAR magazine at the time and was told to go "door knock" a then relatively unknown Ashton Kutcher and ask him about the Ashley Lauren Ellerin case. His response to the fact that the young woman he was supposed to pick up for a date was later found to be dead? "It's a bummer,"

2244 days ago
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rwpoly    

Keep in mind that he was like 22 or 23 at the time. Also, for those of you who live in the typical little tiny house, how do you know how far the stains were from the window he was looking through? It could have just looked like some dark blob on the floor. Don't always be so critical of people when you know nothing of the situation. Most of you have suh pitiful lives that you bizarrely try to pretend like these celebs are a part of your life. They aren't, and none of you know the real details of this story, Don't you think the police would have arrested Ashton Kutcher if they had been suspicious of him in the least?

2244 days ago
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Tangie    

His story makes no sense...who leaves wine stains in the carpet? No one, unless you are a slovenly pig that doesn't care about stains. I am very suspicious of his part in this. How long were they dating? Was she a slob? Did he call anyone to locate her? I need more details. His explanation of events is too vague.

2244 days ago
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