Carlos Alberto Amarillo, 48, of Queens, New York, was convicted of murder and sentenced this week for the murders of Estrella Castaneda, 56, and Lina Castaneda, 25. Castaneda’s 7-year-old was found unharmed, but witnessed her mother’s and sister’s deaths.
Amarillo was the boyfriend of the mother, until the man became convinced that the mother and daughter team were putting spells on him. He told the authorities that arrested him that they were witches and they were doing voodoo.
The judge gave him 2 life sentences.
The Daily Mail reports:
District Attorney Richard Brown said: ‘This defendant will rightfully spend the rest of his natural life behind bars.’
Amarillo called 911 himself in January 2014, stating that ‘two females are dead, they were assassinated, hurry they are dead. ‘
He added: ‘I killed them because they are witches, I want the police to kill me. I killed them with a hammer.’
When police arrived, Amarillo was holding a Bible and told the officers the women were ‘witches and were performing voodoo and casting spells’ on him that made him sick, Brown said.
According to trial testimony, Estrella was found ‘face up on the bed with a pillow over her face,’ Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. ‘The rubber grip of a hammer was beside her body on the bed.’
Brown said Lina’s body was found in the rear bedroom ‘face down with injuries to her head and a hammer was on the floor beside her’.
Lina’s seven-year-old daughter was found on the bed in her mother’s room. She was unharmed.
‘She will, however, be forever impacted by the absence of both her mother and grandmother in her life,’ Brown said.
One neighbor testified in court that he heard the murders happen, from two doors down. He told the judge that the sound of the hammer was loud enough to penetrate the walls.
“He was swinging the hammer hard,” Alvarez, the neighbor, said. “It was a good minute, two minutes.”
Residents said that while they heard the hammer, they didn’t hear any screams for help, so no one called the police.