Two Women on Trial for Fatal Silicone Injection Procedure, Prosecutors Allege Prior Deadly Incident

Two women, Libby Adame, 53, and Alicia Galaz, 25, are currently on trial for the death of 26-year-old Karissa Rajpaul, who died shortly after receiving a silicone injection to enlarge her buttocks. Prosecutors argued in court that Adame and Galaz had witnessed a similar procedure turn deadly in the past, indicating a pattern of risky behavior. The incident occurred at a residence in Sherman Oaks, where Rajpaul lost consciousness after the injection. However, Adame and Galaz fled the scene, leaving paramedics unaware of the procedure Rajpaul had undergone.

During the trial, prosecutors revealed that about a year prior to Rajpaul’s death, Adame and Galaz were captured on security camera footage in the parking lot behind a salon in South Gate. Paramedics had rushed into the salon to treat another woman, Karina Arias, who had also lost consciousness after receiving an injection. Despite their efforts, Arias could not be revived. It remains unclear why no charges were filed in that particular case. The investigation into Arias’ death was ongoing when authorities became aware of Rajpaul’s demise.

Deputy District Attorney Lee Cernok informed the jury that Adame and Galaz had been performing silicone injections for approximately a decade, despite being aware of the associated risks. The mother and daughter duo had garnered a following on social media, using their services to generate income. Adame and Galaz have been charged with one count of murder and three counts of practicing medicine without a license.

Defense attorneys for Adame and Galaz argued that the silicone injections used for buttock enlargement are not illegal in California, portraying the fatal incident as an accident. However, Marco Gianuzzi, Rajpaul’s husband, testified that the defendants had performed the procedure on his wife three times, including the one that resulted in her death. Gianuzzi admitted to being aware of the first two procedures but claimed his wife concealed the third one from him due to his objections.

The dangerous practice of silicone buttock injections has gained popularity in recent years, leading to several fatalities. In May 2023, Vivian Alexandra Gomez was extradited from Florida to California to face charges of involuntary manslaughter and practicing medicine without a valid license. Gomez allegedly administered silicone injections to a social media model known for her resemblance to Kim Kardashian. The case against Gomez is still pending.

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