‘Finally, justice is coming’: Family rejoices as LA producer is charged with murdering model, 24, and architect friend, 26, found dumped at hospitals suffering ODs after party
- Los Angeles producer David Pearce, 40, was formally charged with murder
- Christy Giles, 24, and architect friend Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola, 26, died shortly after they were dumped outside two separate Los Angeles hospitals
- They were last seen at a warehouse party on November 13, 2021
- David Pearce, 40, was charged with manslaughter, and Michael Ansbach, 47, and Brandt Osborn, 42, were accused of being accessories to manslaughter
- Giles’ body was dumped outside an ER, and cocaine, fentanyl, ketamine and GHB were found in her system. Cabralez-Arzola had cocaine and MDMA in her system
- Their deaths were ruled drug-induced homicides
A Hollywood producer has been charged with the murders of a model and her architect friend who were found dumped unconscious at separate hospitals following a Los Angeles warehouse party last year.
David Pearce, 40, was initially arrested in December on suspicion of manslaughter, and now the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has formally charged the producer with murdering Christy Gilesa model, and her architect friend Hilda Cabrales-Arzola, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Giles, 24, was found the sidewalk at Southern California Hospital in Culver City on November 13, 2021. She died a short time later from what was determined to be an overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and other drugs.
A few hours later, her friend Cabrales-Arzola, 26, was left at Kaiser West Los Angeles. She remained in a coma until she died on November 24 from organ failure and intoxication from cocaine, MDMA and possibly other drugs.
Their deaths were ruled as drug-induced homicides.
Surveillance video showed their bodies being dumped by three masked men driving a Toyota Prius with no license plates.
It was not made clear what prompted prosecutors to bring murder charges against Pearce nearly eight months after their deaths.
Following the news that Pearce had been charged, a relative who runs Giles’ Instagram account posted a screenshot of the Times’ article with the caption: ‘Finally! Justice is coming.’
Hollywood producer David Pearce, 40, pictured, has been charged with the murders of Christy Giles and Hilda Cabrales-Arzola after they were found dumped outside separate hospitals
Following the news that Pearce has been charged, a relative in charge of Giles’ Instagram posted a screenshot of the Times’ article with the caption: ‘Finally! Justice is coming’
Brandt Osborn, 42, an actor, has been charged with acting as an accessory to the pair’s murders. A third man Michael Ansbach, 47, was also arrested along with Pearce and Osborn, but has not been charged.
The Times reported that investigators got a warrant in January to search dozens of electronics seized from the three men.
Pearce was pictured partying with Cabralez-Arzola hours before her death. The young architect was also snapped having a good time with Giles in haunting photos depicting the final hours before their tragic killings.
The Times reported that he and the women had met up at the warehouse party in LA that night, where Cabrales texted Giles around 4 a.m. asking whether she wanted cocaine, according to a search warrant affidavit by Det. Jonathan Vander Lee.
‘I’m in the kitchen,’ Cabrales responded to Giles. ‘Let’s do a line.’
Surveillance cameras at the warehouse captured Cabrales and Giles leaving the party with the three men: Pearce, Ansbach and Osborn in Osborn’s Hyundai. They were at Pearce’s apartment around 5 a.m.
About twenty minutes later, Giles texted her friend: ‘Let’s go,’ along with a wide-eyed emoji.
‘Yes,’ Cabrales responded. ‘I’ll call an Uber. 10 min away.’
According to video footage, a car believed to be the Uber, arrived at the apartment and then was seen leaving after waiting for five minutes.
‘One glaring fact is that both Giles and Cabrales wanted to leave Pearce’s residence, as is evident by their texts and ordering an Uber,’ Vander Lee wrote. ‘The next time they are seen, they’re dead.’
Cameras later captured Pearce carrying Giles’ body to his Prius and driving to a hospital, where she was left on the sidewalk, Vander Lee wrote. The same thing was done with Cabrales.
Pearce, who has remained in jail since December on unrelated rape charges, was arrested by Los Angeles Police in December, accused of sexually assaulting four women in 2010, 2019, February 2020 and October 2020 in crimes not connected to the deaths of Giles and Cabralez-Arzola.
David Pearce is seen with Cabralez-Arzola on the evening she and Giles died
Pearce (left) and Cabralez-Arzola (center) are pictured together at a warehouse party on November 13 2021, hours before the architect and her model friend Christy Giles suffered fatal overdoses
Vander Lee recalled in his affidavit that detectives spoke to a ‘visibly nervous’ Osborn, who said he didn’t see Giles or Cabrales take any drugs.
‘I didn’t give them anything, OK, I don’t live like that,’ Osborn said. He said ‘they were making noises, but I figured give them a couple hours and they’ll come out of it, but it seemed like they were getting progressively worse.’
Osborn said he panicked because he’d never been in this situation before.
‘We didn’t know them,’ he added, saying he didn’t bring them to the same hospital because ‘we didn’t know how that would look.’
Actor Brandt Osborn at the Los Angeles home where it is believed that the two women were fatally drugged. Osborn has been charged with acting as an accessory to the pair’s murders
Hilda Cabrales (right), who was left unconscious outside a Los Angeles hospital two hours after her model friend Christy Giles’ (left) dead body was dumped outside a different hospital in the area, died the day before her 27th birthday
The women met up with Pearce at the warehouse party in LA, where Cabrales texted Giles around 4 a.m. asking whether she wanted cocaine, according to a search warrant affidavit
Cabrales was an architect who had just moved to Los Angeles from Mexico in July to take a job as project manager for a design company. She graduated cum laude from Monterrey University two years ago.
She and Giles went out to the SoHo House in downtown LA and then a nearby warehouse party on the night they died.
The two women left the party in downtown LA with men and ended up at an apartment building in West LA, said a third friend who left early.
Giles’ mother, Dusty, of Dora, Alabama, was the first family member to receive news of her death and had spoken to her just hours earlier.
Luis Cabrales Rivera, 49, has hoped that murder charges be brought against the men arrested in connection with the death of his daughter, Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola, 26
Christy Giles was described a vibrant woman who was down-to-earth and ‘brutally honest’ with her friends and family
She said her daughter grew up as a southern belle with a fierce independence, was scouted to play soccer for college teams but chose modeling instead. She signed with Wilhelmina Models at age 14.
She described a vibrant woman who was down-to-earth and ‘brutally honest’ with her friends and family. She remained close and loving to her siblings and parents despite glamorous moves to London, Miami, and Los Angeles pursuing her modeling career.
Dusty previously told DailyMail.com that that texts between the girls also suggested they took cocaine at the warehouse party in East LA.
The grieving mom said she didn’t agree with her daughter’s recreational drug use, but that Christy was always open and honest about it – and that her daughter was also adamant she would never take heroin, after seeing a close cousin become addicted and a close friend’s ex die of an overdose.
Arzola – who had only recently moved to LA from Mexico – also despised heroin, according to family and friends.
Dusty said she was unsurprised by the references to drug use.
‘My daughter by no means was an angel. She lived her life very unapologetically, and was brutally honest and truthful with her family, regardless if we agreed with it or not, because she knew that we loved her unconditionally,’ she said.