Ashton Kutcher appeared in court on Wednesday to testify in the trial of a suspected serial killer.
As People reports, Michael Gargiulo is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of two women, including 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin, a friend of Kutcher’s.
Prosecutors have described Gargiulo as a “serial, psychosexual thrill killer.”
On the evening of Feb. 21, 2001, Ellerin was planning to attend a post-Grammys party with Kutcher. While she was getting ready, prosecutors allege that Gargiulo snuck into her home and stabbed her 47 times.
According to The Blast, during his testimony, Kutcher described Ellerin as a “casual acquaintance” who he was taking out on a date the night of her death.
He recalled trying to “jiggle the doorknob.”
“We believe she had just exited the shower and was getting ready to go out with Mr. Kutcher when she was attacked from behind,” prosecutors have stated.
Ellerin spoke to Kutcher over the phone at 8:24 p.m. that evening to confirm their plans. Kutcher called back at 10:15 p.m., but Ellerin did not answer.
Kutcher went by Ellerin’s home at 10:45 p.m. and looked through her front window, seeing what he believed at the time were red wine stains. In his testimony, the actor said that he wasn’t worried for her at the time.
“We believe now the evidence will show that was actually blood, and Ashley had already been murdered,” the prosecutors now say.
Kutcher is one of more than 100 witnesses scheduled to testify in the trial.
The prosecutors say that Kutcher’s testimony is meant to establish the “chronology of this case,” and that it will show “there was a… very narrow window of opportunity for someone to get into the house and murder Ashley, and whoever that person was must have been watching.”
Gargiulo allegedly met Ellerin in 2000, asking for help with a flat tire. He was 24 at the time and working as an air conditioning repairman. He is also charged in the murder of 32-year-old Maria Bruno in 2005.