Police say Christy Giles and Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola received drugs at a party in November 2021. Investigators have long believed an overdose led to their deaths.
On Monday, a cause of death report showed that Giles, a 24-year-old model and aspiring actress who moved to Los Angeles from Alabama, died of “multiple drug poisoning”.
The county’s deputy medical examiner listed cocaine, fentanyl, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid – commonly known as GHB or the date rape drug – and ketamine as being present in his system.
“Our hope is that this will really move the needle. From day one, we have always said this is not another unfortunate overdose case,” said Joshua Ritter, the attorney representing Giles’ husband. “There’s been wrongdoing here, and there’s been murder here, quite frankly.”
Cabrales-Arzola, an aspiring architect from Mexico, died of “multiple organ failure” and reportedly had cocaine and methylenedioxymethamphetamine – or MDMA – in her system.
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On November 13, 2021, Giles was dropped off at Southern California Hospital.
Investigators said three men – who have since been charged with the deaths of the two women – dropped her off in a black Toyota Prius with no license plates. Giles died in hospital shortly thereafter.
Meanwhile, Cabrales-Arzola, was left in critical condition at Kaiser Permanente West LA and later declared brain dead. A day before her 27th birthday on November 28, her family took her off life support. His organs were donated.
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David Pearce, 37, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in connection with the women’s deaths. Two other men, Michael Ansbach, 47, and Brandt Osborn, 42, have both been charged with aiding and abetting manslaughter.
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