Model Christy Giles’ alleged killer delays trial: family


A suspected murderer is accused of ‘using loopholes to manipulate the system’ and evading trial in the overdose deaths of two young girls, according to their families.

David Pearce recently changed lawyers, pushing back his trial for the deaths of model Christy Giles, 24, and architect Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola, 26, whose lifeless bodies he is accused of dumping in front of Los Angeles hospitals.

The friends had died of “multiple drug intoxication”, after a night of partying with Pearce and his pals in November last year.

Their deaths were ruled a homicide by the LA County Coroner and prosecutors allege Pearce provided the drugs that killed the girls.

Pearce – who pleaded not guilty to the murders – appeared in court for his arraignment this week, but the hearing continued until November 29 as he recently hired a new defense lawyer, his third nowadays.

David Pearce and two other men have been arrested as suspects responsible for the deaths of Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola (right) and model Christy Giles (left).
Ivan Ibarra-Arzola with his cousin Hilda Cabrales-Arzola
Ivan Ibarra-Arzola said his younger cousin, Hilda Cabrales-Arzola, was excited to start her new job as an interior designer in Los Angeles.
Ivan Ibarra-Arzola

Dusty and Leslie Giles, who traveled from Alabama to attend the hearing in Los Angeles, walked out upset.

“I just feel like David Pearce is manipulating the justice system,” Dusty told the Post.

“He’s been able to drag this out for almost a year now and he continues to manipulate everyone, which continues to inflict pain.”

Alleged suspect David Pearce with Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola hours before his death.
Alleged suspect David Pearce with Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola hours before his death.

Cabrales-Arzola’s cousin, Ivan Ibarra-Arzola, said he was upset that Pearce was able to delay the start of his trial.

He told the Post, “We just want justice. Nothing will ever bring them back, but knowing [Pearce] is in prison and does not hurt others, that another family does not suffer gives some comfort. But he still uses loopholes to manipulate the system.

“We don’t want a predator like that on the streets. People need to be on alert for people like him.

Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola
Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola immigrated to Los Angeles from Mexico just six months before her death, her cousin said.

Despite claims by the families of the slain girls, Pearce has done nothing illegal under the law and is legally allowed to change attorneys at any time, who must then be given time to prepare their defense before a trial can take place. . Pearce’s current attorney did not respond to a request for comment from The Post.

Architectural designer Cabrales-Arzola and Giles met Pearce at a rave party at a warehouse, then left with him and two other men and met at his Beverly Hills apartment.

Giles had fentanyl, cocaine, ketamine and GHB in her system when she died while Cabrales-Arzola tested positive for cocaine and ecstasy, as well as other undetermined drugs, resulting in multiple organ failures.

Paris Hilton and David Pearce;  Ron Jeremy and David Pearce
David Pearce with Paris Hilton and porn star Ron Jeremy.
Ivan Ibarra-Arzola with his cousin Hilda Cabrales-Arzola
Ivan Ibarra-Arzola, left, said his younger cousin recently moved to Los Angeles to start her career.

Pearce was well known on the Hollywood party scene where he claimed to be a producer, although he was best known as a promoter of nightclub parties paid to get reality TV stars into clubs.

A thread on gossip site titled “Dave Pearce is a bad person” was dedicated to him. Anonymous posters claimed as early as 2012 that Pearce stole from them and was physically and emotionally abusive.

Pearce was arrested in December 2021 on charges of rape, with prosecutors alleging he sexually assaulted a woman in 2010, raped another woman in 2019, and two other women in February and October 2020. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Christy Giles' parents, Dusty and Leslie Giles
Christy Giles’ parents, Dusty and Leslie
NY Post/David Buchan David Thomp

Pearce was unable to post $3.4 million bail and has remained in jail ever since, where he was slapped on murder charges related to the deaths of Giles and Cabrales-Arzola.

Ibarra-Arzola added: “Our justice system is really letting us down… There have been rumors about this guy for so many years, but why hasn’t anyone checked this out?”

He said his younger cousin had just moved to Los Angeles from Mexico after getting a job at an interior design company.

Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola
Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola received top honors from the University of Monterrey in Mexico.

“She had just gotten all those things you need when you arrive – she passed the DMV (test) and she had her visa so she could start working.

“She got an apartment in West Hollywood a few miles from her office and everything was going well. She was over the moon.

Ibarra-Arzola said her artistic cousin, who grew up in Durango, Mexico, graduated with honors from the prestigious Universidad de Monterrey in Mexico.

Although she had only been in Los Angeles for about six months, the talented designer quickly bonded with Giles, who was planning to branch off from her modeling career into design.


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