WeHo salon murder-for-hire trial: former NFL pro testifies

DEL AIRE, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Former NFL player, Chris Geile testified in a Los Angeles court Tuesday during the trial of a West Hollywood salon owner and her bizarre murder-for-hire plot.

Dawn DaLuise was arrested in March 2014 for allegedly trying to contract Geile to murder rival business owner Gabriel Suarez. Geile said he was a shoulder to cry on for DaLuise, but that he never thought she was trying to solicit him to commit murder.

He told the jury that the two met at a Big Bear bar, and that weeks later she appeared upset and crying that someone was stalking her.

Geile said Daluise believed the person was posting lewd photoshopped pictures of her.

Geile testified that she did not know what to do and that he told her to go to the police. His testimony is pivotal to the prosecution's case. Daluise sent text messages to friends stating the former Detroit Lions quarterback would be the one to take Suarez out.

Deputy District Attorney Christine Van Helmoldt asked what Geiles response was to Daluise's text messages.

He said he did ask where Suarez lived, but that he only wanted the information so that he could turn over the man to his friends in law enforcement.

But the defense attorney for Daluise, Jamon Hicks, pressed Geile for clearer answers, specifically if Daluise asked Geile to murder Suarez.

Geile testified that he was never asked to kill Suarez.

The prosecution could rest its case as early as Wednesday as the trial winds down.

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