Ashton Kutcher Testifies in Murdered Girlfriend's Trial

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Ashton Kutcher testifies during the trial of alleged serial killer Michael Gargiulo
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In what has to be one of the craziest true crime stories involving a beloved celeb, it looks like our fave That '70s Show actor has taken the stand. Ashton Kutcher is testifying in court at the trial of an alleged serial killer who's been accused of murdering his then-girlfriend almost 20 years ago.

  • Ashton took the stand Wednesday to give his account of what happened the night his then-girlfriend, Ashley Ellerin, was killed.

    Authorities suspect Michael Gargiulo, a man dubbed the "Hollywood Ripper," murdered Ashley back in February 2001. Ashton and Ashley were supposed to attend Grammy Award parties together on the night she was killed. When he went to pick her up, she didn't answer the door. The Los Angeles Times reports Ashton Kutcher looked through the window and noticed spilled wine, which was later confirmed to be blood.

    Little did he know that something horrifying had happened.

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  • "I knocked on the door. There was no answer. Knocked again. And once again, no answer," he said in court.

    Ashton Kutcher testifies during the trial of alleged serial killer Michael Gargiulo
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    "At this point I pretty well assumed she had left for the night, and that I was late, and she was upset," the celeb dad adds about the night of his girlfriend's death in 2001.

    It wasn't until the following day that Ashton found out that Ashley had been fatally stabbed.

  • Ashton also laid out the timeline of that night, starting when they made plans to see each other.

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    Ashton said they'd planned to get dinner and drinks, but around 8:30 p.m., they'd spoken and decided that because he was running late, they'd just do drinks. At that time, Ashley told him she was going to dry her hair. When Ashton called her to let her know he was on his way, she didn't answer. 

    Ashton said he called her three more times and left messages, but he got no response. And when he arrived at her house around 10:30 p.m., she didn't answer. That's when he peeked in the window, saw the red wine stain, and eventually left.

  • Us Weekly reports Ashton was "freaking out" after he found out about Ashley's death, because he was worried he'd be considered a suspect.

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    As the 41-year-old said in his testimony, he knew his fingerprints were on her front door, and he rushed to explain why he'd been there that night to police. 

    "I told [the detective], 'Let me tell you what happened!''' Ashton recalled.
  • Michael Gargiulo's trial began earlier this month. The presumed "Hollywood Ripper" is also being charged with the murder of three other women.

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    The Star Tribune reports Michael Gargiulo would "watch, shadow, stalk and hunt down" these women before stabbing them to death -- including Ashley -- who was 22 at the time. 

    Gargiulo has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer pointed out in court that so far, no DNA evidence or murder weapon connecting him to Ashley's murder has been found. Prosecutors, however, are hoping for the death penalty. 

    "What you will hear is that Michael Gargiulo for almost 15 years was watching, always watching," said Daniel Akemon, a prosecutor in the case. "And his hobby was plotting the perfect opportunity to attack women with a knife in and around their homes."

  • It's hard to imagine what reliving that night in court must be like for Ashton.

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    But by sharing his story, he's helping prosecutors establish a timeline of what happened when Ashley was killed. The trial is far from over as it's expected to continue for six months, so this is only the beginning.

    But as heartbreaking as this true crime story is, hopefully, it will help bring closure and peace to Ashton -- as well as to Ashley's family.

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