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Cameraman Michael Ansbach, arrested in the Christy Giles murder case, is a “witness”: attorney

A cameraman arrested in the deaths of model Christy Giles and her friend – but has not yet been charged by prosecutors – is nothing more than a “witness,” his attorney told the Post on Wednesday.

Michael Ansbach, 47, was released on $100,000 bail after being arrested December 16 in connection with the deaths of Giles and her friend Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola, whose bodies were found on November 13, 2021 deposited in two different hospitals.

Cameraman Mike Ansbach is just one "witness" although according to his lawyer he was arrested in connection with the murder of a model and her friend.
Cameraman Mike Ansbach is only a “witness,” according to his attorney, despite being arrested in connection with the murder of a model and her friend.
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Two other men arrested with Ansbach were charged Tuesday by Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón. Producer David Pearce, 37, was hit by an assassination attempt and 42-year-old actor Brandt Osborn was subsequently charged with complicity.

However, Ansbach’s lawyer Elliot Zarabi said on Wednesday Ansbach was “nothing more than a material witness”.

Zarabi told the Post Ansbach wanted “to be an asset and a witness”.

When asked if his client was cooperating with prosecutors, the attorney declined to comment.

LAPD investigators said the three men met Giles and Cabrales-Arzola on Nov. 13 at an after-hours warehouse party in Los Angeles before proceeding to Pearce’s Olympic Boulevard apartment.

Officials said two masked men, who were driving an unlicensed Toyota Prius, dumped Giles’ lifeless body at a Culver City hospital later that night. Shortly thereafter, the men dropped Cabrales-Arzola at Kaiser Permanente in West LA.

Cabrales-Arzola died on November 24 – five days before her 27th birthday – after being pronounced brain dead, her family said.

Ansbach was arrested but not charged in connection with the deaths of model Christy Giles and Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola.
Ansbach has been arrested but not charged in connection with the deaths of model Christy Giles (left) and Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola.
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A picture of Cabrales-Arzola wedged between Ansbach and Pearce, taken at the warehouse party, also surfaced shortly after the men were arrested.

Ansbach’s lawyer said his client was at the bash for a job – after being hired by Pearce to videograph an electronic dance music documentary. He had been filming during the party at the warehouse that night.

Zarabi declined to comment when asked if Ansbach left the party with Pearce, Osborne and the women, but said: “Mr. Osborne was the only one who accompanied Mr. Pearce to the hospital and said “Mr. Ansbach was not in the Prius, nor in any of the other “vehicles” implicated by police in the killings.

Producer David Pearce has been charged with murder and has also been charged with sexual assault.
Producer David Pearce has been charged with murder and has also been charged with sexual assault.
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Greg Risling, a spokesman for the LA County Attorney’s Office, told The Post that while Ansbach has not been charged, his case “remains under review.”

Additional reporting by Marjorie Hernandez

https://nypost.com/2022/07/06/cinematographer-arrested-in-christy-giles-murder-is-a-witness-attorney/ Cameraman Michael Ansbach, arrested in the Christy Giles murder case, is a “witness”: attorney

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