David Pearce: LA producer charged with murder in drug deaths of Christy Giles, 24, and her friend
David Pearce, a party promoter and producer from Los Angeles, who was arrested last month in connection with the deaths of Christy Giles, 24, and Marcela Cabrales-Arzola, 26, has now been charged with murder and is requesting the court to lower his $3.4 million bail. After his arrest in mid-December, he has been charged with sexually assaulting four women from 2010 to 2020, and his bail was set at the said amount.
Pearce's defense attorney, Jacob Gluckman, filed a motion to reduce his bail amount and have him released with a GPS tracker on his ankle as per New York Post. Gluckman argued that Pearce was charged with causing Giles and Cabrales-Arzola's deaths and that he was being attacked by the prosecutors for the old and dusty sexual allegations to keep him locked up while they gathered evidence in the case against the death of the two women. Currently, Pearce faces 2 counts of forcible rape, 1 count of raping an unconscious or asleep person, and 1 count of sexual penetration with a foreign object. The time of incidents was reported to have occurred in 2010, 2019, February 2020, and October 2020.
While Gluckman accepted that the prosecutors acted well within their rights, the bail amount that was determined should be in proportion to the charges he is 'currently' facing and "not issues that, at this point, are pure speculation and media fodder." He went on to attempt to discredit the sexual assault charges saying that it wasn't reported until years later and that the later ones, in 2020, were rejected by the DA's office due to lack of evidence. The motion also claimed that Pearce being a freelance event planner doesn't give him the financial stability to pay this bail amount and that his unspecified medical conditions put him at a high risk of contracting Covid-19 in jail.
What happened to Christy Giles and Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola?
Both Giles and Cabrales-Arzola were last seen in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of LA at an apartment, leaving the warehouse party with Pearce in the early hours of November 13. Giles was married to Jan Cilliers, who suspects that both the women were forced to take drugs as neither of them would willingly take the substance. He said this in regard to the heroine found in Cabrales-Arzola's system. Their unconscious bodies were dumped in front of Southern California Hospital in Culver City and Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Hospital.
Both the women were disposed of by masked men and Giles was already dead when she was found. Cabrales-Arzola was found in a critical condition and fought for her life but her family decided to take her off life support after 2 weeks, a day before her 27th birthday. The police stated, "It is believed that both women were given drugs and overdosed at a residence in the 8600 block of Olympic Boulevard in the city of Los Angeles,' police said in a statement. Three suspects were identified and arrested with the assistance of the LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force and Metropolitan Division."