BREAKING: 'Hollywood Ripper' Michael Gargiulo Found Sane in Sanity Phase of Trial

KNX 1070
August 22, 2019 - 3:00 pm

Jurors have reached a verdict in the sanity phase of the trial of Michael Gargiulo.

The jury has found him sane in the sanity phase of the trial. That means he can face the death sentence possibly.

Also known as the "Hollywood Ripper" Gargiulo was convicted of the murders of two women.

There was no visible reaction from Michael Gargiulo as the verdict was read.

The decision means he faces a possible death sentence, instead of a commitment to a state mental hospital.

Gargiulo was found guilty in the stabbing and mutilation murders of two women - including one who was killed and nearly decapitated hours before she was due to go out on a date with actor Ashton Kutcher.

He was also convicted of trying to kill a third woman, who was repeatedly stabbed but managed to fight him off.

His attorneys declined to comment. They've argued Gargiulo suffered from a mental disorder that could put him into an  "amnesiac" or fugue state. The prosecutor insisted Gargiulo is "not normal" but added "evil does not mean insane."

The penalty phase is set to start next month.