A cinematographer arrested in the deaths of model Christy Giles and her friend — but has not been charged by prosecutors — was nothing more than a “sniff”, his lawyer told The Washington Post on Wednesday. witness”.
Michael Ansbach, 47, died on December 16 after Gilles and her friend Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola died. After being arrested and released on $100,000 bail, their bodies were dumped at two different hospitals on November 13, 2021.
Two other men arrested along with Ansbach were separately charged Tuesday by Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascohen. Producer David Pearce, 37, was charged with murder, and actor Brandt Osborn, 42, was later charged as an accessory.
However, Ansbach’s lawyer, Elliott Zarabi, said Wednesday that Ansbach was “nothing more than a significant witness”.
Zarabi told the Post that Ansbach wanted to “be an asset and a witness”.
The lawyer declined to comment when asked if his client had been cooperating with the prosecution.
LAPD investigators said the trio met Giles and Cabrales-Arzola at an after-hours warehouse party in Los Angeles on Nov. 13 before continuing on to Pearce’s apartment on Olympic Boulevard.
Later that night, two masked men driving a Toyota Prius without a license plate dumped Gilles’ body at a hospital in Culver City, officials said. The men abandoned Cabrales-Arzola at Kaiser Permanente in West Los Angeles shortly thereafter.
Cabrales-Azola died on Nov. 24, five days before her 27th birthday, when she was declared brain dead, her family said.
Photos of Cabrales-Arzola sandwiched between Ansbach and Pierce at a warehouse party also surfaced shortly after the arrests.
Ansbach’s lawyer said his client was busy at work — hired by Pierce as a videographer for a documentary about electronic dance music. He had been filming during a warehouse party that night.
When asked if Ansbach left the party with Pierce, Osborne and the women, Zarabi declined to comment but said: “Mr. Osborn was the only one who accompanied Mr Pierce to the hospital, “gentlemen. Ansbach was not in the Prius or any other vehicle,” police said in the murder.
Greg Rislin, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, told The Washington Post that while Ansbach has not been charged, his case is “still under review.”
Additional reporting by Marjorie Hernandez