Jun 7, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Austin American Statesman
A Travis County jury today took just over an hour to find Adam Lee Castillo guilty of capital murder in the 2007 slayings of two men at a North Austin apartment complex, according to prosecutor Steven Brand.
Man says double killing was self-defense
Defendant says argument began over tattoo, escalated into stabbing deaths.
By Steven Kreytak
Friday, June 05, 2009
Adam Lee Castillo told a Travis County jury Thursday that a 2007 fight in which he killed two people started when one of them pressed too hard when darkening a tattoo on Castillo's arm.
The 30-year-old former culinary student testified during his capital murder trial that he cursed at Carlos William Caudillo and said: "I thought you were a professional. I thought you knew how to do tattoos without hurting somebody?"
Castillo said that Caudillo slapped him after those comments and that he returned that slap with four of his own to Caudillo's head, beginning a scuffle in Caudillo's North Austin apartment that would draw in John Chris Quinones and end with Quinones and Caudillo dead from stab wounds inflicted by Castillo's high-dollar kitchen knives.
Castillo said the killings were in self-defense because he thought Caudillo stabbed him first and that Quinones was going for a knife.
Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty. If Castillo is convicted he will get an automatic life sentence without chance of parole.
The jury in state District Judge Brenda Kennedy's court will hear closing arguments today.
The bloody confrontation at the Venterra at Bradford Pointe complex on Metric Boulevard, where Quinones also lived, was partially witnessed by Corrinne Caudillo, Carlos Caudillo's sister and Quinones' girlfriend. Caudillo testified earlier in the week that she walked in on Castillo stabbing her brother and then ran from the apartment with her 6-year-old son when he threatened to kill her.
On cross-examination, prosecutor Steven Brand asked Castillo how much he had drunk prior to the confrontation and whether he was intoxicated.
Castillo said that he had finished three 40-ounce Schlitz Blue Bull malt liquor cans and that he was "buzzed" but not drunk.
Brand also asked Castillo about previous crimes he committed in his hometown of Saginaw, Mich.
In 1993, when Castillo was 16, he shot at somebody five times in a drive-by shooting, Brand said. In 1996, at 20, Castillo pulled a 15-year-old out of a car and punched, kicked and stomped his head on the street, according to testimony. Castillo said the teen had spit on him.
When Brand asked Castillo if he had a bad temper, Castillo said, "No." Brand then played a recording of Castillo talking to his grandmother, presumably made during a jail visit.
"You know me, I'm real hot-headed sometimes. I've got a bad temper," Castillo said on the recording. "When something happens to me, I want to do something back."
Later, Brand asked Castillo how many times he stabbed Caudillo.
"I have no recollection of stabbing Carlos," he said. "I have no recollection of sticking a knife in anybody. Period."
Brand showed Castillo autopsy pictures of the gashes on Quinones' face and neck.
"You did that?" Brand asked.
"That would have happened in the struggle," Castillo said. "The guy was coming at me.
"I did not sit there and cut off chunks of his face. He was my friend."
Brand asked Castillo if he remembered stabbing the men in the head, the intestines, the forearm. Castillo said he couldn't.
Then Brand took a handful of autopsy pictures, showing the holes in Caudillo's and Quinones' bodies, and flashed them before Castillo.
"You can remember how much you drank," Brand said, his voice cracking with emotion, "but all these pictures, all these pictures, all these pictures, this is what you don't remember."
"I can't," Castillo said.
WITH OUT PAROLE!!!!!!
ROT IN HELL ADAM LEE CASTILLO!!!!!!!!
YOUR STORY WAS WHACK!!!!! LMFAO!!!
weird how all this happens in austin and no one hears about it...
haha. this bitch will finally rot in hell.
self defense??? whatever.
im just very glad that carlos and johns family can have answers.....
i still cant believe it. but im glad hes gettin what he deserves.
Rot in hell adam!
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