Cinematographer Michael Ansbach arrested in Christy Giles murder is a ‘witness’: Attorney

A cinematographer who was arrested – but has not yet been indicted by prosecutors – is nothing more than a “witness” to the deaths of model Christy Giles and her friend, her lawyer posted Wednesday. Told

Michael Ansbach, 47, was released on 16 100,000 bond after being arrested on December 16 in connection with the deaths of Giles and his friend Hilda Marcella Cabralis-Arzula, whose bodies were dumped in two separate hospitals on November 13, 2021. Gone.

According to his lawyer, cinematographer Mike Ensbach is only a “witness” despite being arrested in connection with the murder of a model and her friend.
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The other two men arrested along with Ansbach were charged Tuesday by Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon. Producer David Pierce, 37, was killed with a homicide rap, and 42-year-old actor Brandt Osborne was accused of being an instrument after that fact.

Insbach’s attorney, Elliott Zarabi, however, said Wednesday that Insbach was “nothing more than a material witness.”

Zarabi told The Post that Insbach “wants to be an asset and a witness.”

Asked if his client was cooperating with the prosecution, the attorney declined to comment.

LAPD investigators said the three met with Giles and Cabreles Arzula on November 13 before continuing to Pierce’s apartment on Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Authorities say two masked men were driving a Toyota Prius without a license plate when they dumped Giles’ lifeless body at a Clover City hospital later that night. Shortly afterwards, the men dropped the Cabrales-Arzola at Kaiser Permanente in western LA.

Cabrales-Arzola died on November 24 – five days before his 27th birthday – when he was declared brain dead, his family said.

Ansbach was arrested but was not charged in connection with the deaths of model Christie Giles and Hilda Marcella Cabreles-Arzula.
Ensbach was arrested in connection with the deaths of model Christie Giles (left) and Hilda Marcella Cabreles-Arzula, but was not charged.
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A photo of Cabrales-Arzola sandwich between Ansbach and Pearce taken at a warehouse party came to light shortly after the men were arrested.

Ansbach’s lawyer said his client was employed – hired by Pearce as a videographer for a documentary on electronic dance music. He was filming during a warehouse party that night.

Zarabi declined to comment when asked if Insbach had left the party with Pierce, Osborne and the women, but said “Mr. Osborne was the only person who went to the hospital with Mr. Pierce and” Mr. He was not in the Ansbach Prius or any other vehicle involved in the murder.

Producer David Pierce was charged with murder and unrelated sexual assault.
Producer David Pierce was charged with murder and unrelated sexual assault.
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Greg Russling, a spokesman for the LA County DA’s office, told The Post that while no charges have been filed against Insbach, his case is “under review.”

Additional reporting by Marjorie Hernandez