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West Hollywood salon owner pleads not guilty to murder-for-hire plot

West Hollywood salon owner Dawn DaLuise, charged in an alleged murder-for-hire plot, pleaded not guilty Wednesday.
March 19, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A West Hollywood salon owner who allegedly conspired to murder a business competitor pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Los Angeles court.

Dawn DaLuise's bail was set at $1 million. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 17. If she is convicted, she would face a maximum nine years in prison.

DaLuise owns Skin Refinery in West Hollywood. Tensions with a neighboring business competitor mounted last year when DaLuise discovered Craigslist ads posted by an impersonator that requested males to help her act out a "rape fantasy." DaLuise believed Gabriel Suarez, who had opened a competing salon next door, was behind the ads, sheriff's department officials said.

In response, she allegedly solicited former NFL player Christopher Geile to murder Suarez, according to a felony complaint. She was arrested March 5.

DaLuise owns Skin Refinery in West Hollywood.

The plot thickened last week after two other men were arrested in connection with the case.

Edward Feinstein, 28, was arrested March 12 on suspicion of stalking DaLuise and handing out a sexually explicit photo of DaLuise's face. Feinstein was free on a $150,000 bond. He has not been charged.

His alleged roommate and "Bling Ring" member Nicholas Prugo was taken in for questioning and arrested on suspicion of violating his parole by carrying a gun.

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