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Man Charged in Murder of Ashton's Ex

9/4/2008 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael GargiuloSeven years after her murder, a suspect has finally been charged in the stabbing of Ashley Ellerin -- who was linked to Ashton Kutcher at the time of her death.

Michael Gargiulo, who's been in custody for several months for a different crime, was officially charged with two murders today -- one of which was Ellerin's.

Two of his attorneys, Elana Goldstein and David Murphy, tell TMZ, "Our client vehemently denies all allegations against him and any involvement in any of these murders."

Ellerin was found stabbed to death in her apartment. The night of her murder, Ashton showed up at her house to pick her up for a Grammy party, but left when she didn't answer the door.

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Alex    

I glad they got him. TMZ do you have Ashley Lauren Ellerin pics?

2209 days ago
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ME    

he just left? he didn't bother finding her?
he must have been wanting some alone time with demi.
that is so sad

2209 days ago
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former Carlton cards rep    

He looks like the guy in "Saved By the Bell..."

2209 days ago
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DaJuice    

He looks like the dude from Saved By The Bell...

2209 days ago
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JenD    

This is fantastic this guy killed a girl 15 years ago and the case was never solved!!! You have no idea how long some people have been waiting for this guys to be put behind bars... I hope he they cook his ass!

2209 days ago
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john wayne gacy    


this doucebag looks like
adnan without the do-rag;

2209 days ago
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annie    

no where on the internet can I find one photo of the victim. Seems stupid not to represent the victim with a photo, everyone gets concerned and has no idea who they're getting concerned for.

2209 days ago
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annie    

this is how STUPID Ashton Kutcher is-;
goes to pick up a girl for a DATE-
goes to her house at an agreed upon time, she doesn't answer the door-
he sees what he says he THINKS are "red wine" stains on the floor {through a window}
and the moron assumes everything is fine and LEAVES.
doesn't for a second think there might be trouble there ?! or a murder ? blood and not wine,???
considering there's no reason at all why the girl would pretend she wasn't home ???????!!!!!!!!!
IDIOT, Had he called the cops who knows what might have turned out differently.
DUH, NO ONE ANSWERS THE DOOR, RED STAINS ON THE FLOOR.............DING DONG THERE'S NOTHING ASHTON'S HEAD OR , HE WAS A FREAKING COWARD WHO DIDN'T WANT TO GET INVOLVED.

2209 days ago
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KNR    

Ummm...I don't really know the details of the case but it s little sketchy that Ashton was at her house the night of the murder...

2209 days ago
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traxzippo    

ashton is gay this suspect probably kliled his rival; check out all this guys female friends.

2209 days ago
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pebbles    

8 and 9-when I read how he left the house after seeing stains, and he did not bother to check on her wellbeing, I thought waht a jackass. what IF she might have been still alive and could have been saved. I am saying flat out he would have been my #1 suspect if I were the cop. but you know how it goes in calif.

2209 days ago
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LINDA GALE    

HEY LORRI, YOU ARE BEING AWFUL JUDGMENTAL ON POOR OLD ASHTON, AREN'T YOU? HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT WAS IN HIS MIND? WHO KNOWS WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE DONE. TALK IS CHEAP! BESIDES, HE COULDN'T HAVE SAVED HER! HE IS NOT A MEDIC! GIVE THE POOR GUY A BREAK! SOUNDS LIKE YOU GOT THE "HOTS" FOR HIM! ARE YOU MAD AT HIM CAUSE HE DIDN'T HAVE A DATE WITH YOU, INSTEAD? SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE A RAGING, JEALOUS, SCORNED WOMAN, WHO HATES MEN, AND HERSELF, AS WELL!

2209 days ago
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hmr    

It is fantastic that he has finally been caught. Even though he may never face sentencing for murder in Glenview in 1993, I am at peace knowing that he will pay for these crimes and I thank god for it.

2209 days ago
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willow    

I think it is sad that this poor woman is constantly referred to, not by her name, but as "Ashton Kutcher's Ex".
She was more than that in her life; that was just a small side note.

thankfully now her family can have some peace, knowing her killer is being brought to justice.

2209 days ago
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BomSHELL    

Had to do a double take... at first I thought that looked like Mel Gisbon's mug shot... weird

2209 days ago
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