W. Hollywood Salon Owner Accused of Hiring White Supremacist Group to Kill Gay Rival
The owner of a salon in West Hollywood, who is also a prominent skin care expert, is accused of hiring a white Supremacist group to kill off her gay competitor at a Los Angeles courtroom hearing Monday, Los Angeles CW-affiliate KTLA reports.
Dawn Melody DaLuise, 55, appeared it Airport Courthouse this week for a preliminary hearing where a judge determined there was enough evidence to bring her to trial on one count of solicitation of murder. She was charged on March 7 but pleaded not guilty.
According to the Los Angeles County Attorney's Office, DaLuise, a facial specialist, allegedly tried to hire someone to kill a competitor esthetician, Gabriel Suarez, who opened a skin care business called Smooth Cheeks in the same complex where her business, Skin Refinery, is located.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detective Steven McCauley testified and said DaLuise had a plan to have Suarez killed and that he interviewed a number of men that DaLuise allegedly contacted in an attempt to hire to murder her rival.
"In one instance ... she asked him if he could get her in contact with a white supremacist group, and the phrase from that point was, in essence, to find somebody to take out a 'double minority, Mexican gay,'" McCauley said.
A prosecutor said DaLouise tried to make it appear that Suarez was stalking her online and that she even contacted police with complaints about Suarez, giving the authorities a list of witnesses who allegedly knew about his online stalking.
A number of those witnesses told authorities that DaLuise asked them to lie to police, however.
Suarez told KTLA the more he learned about the case, the more frightened he's become, calling the incident "really scary."
"The hate that this person could have toward somebody..." he said.
DaLuise could face up to nine years in state prison if convicted. She is currently being held on $1 million bail and is due back in court on July 7.