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Tearful Castro denies killing husband

Jury hears more of recorded interview with investigators.

Posted: March 26, 2008 2:25 a.m.
Updated: May 27, 2008 5:02 a.m.
SAN FERNANDO - A tearful Esperanza Castro told deputies on March 23, 2006, that she did not kill her husband and - despite a potential divorce - she got along fine with him, testimony Tuesday revealed.

The jury in the Castro murder trial continued to hear a recorded interview between sheriff's deputies and Esperanza Castro - on trial for killing her husband - recorded the morning after Ramon Castro was killed but before his body was discovered by officials.

Ramon Castro was found dead in his pickup truck under a Highway 14 overpass on Sierra Highway on March 23, 2006. Esperanza Castro had called deputies the night before to report a burglary at her home. She is now on trial for his murder. A neighbor and key witness for the prosecution testified last week that he saw Esperanza Castro carry her husband's body, covered in a plastic bag, to his pickup truck.

Throughout the recording, Esperanza Castro consistently said that she believed her house was about to be burglarized on March 22, 2006. When Detective Robert Harris said her story did not make sense, Esperanza Castro tearfully swore on her "children's life" that she did not murder her husband, Ramon Castro, and that she would go after whoever did kill him.

During the interview, Harris informed Esperanza Castro that her neighbors witnessed her arguing with her husband earlier in the day and saw him carrying Ramon Castro's slain body to his pickup truck.
She vehemently and defensively denied both eyewitness accounts.

She said that contrary to her neighbors' statements, the day Ramon Castro died was the one day he treated her the best, and at no point that day did she have an argument with him.

She also told Harris that she was aware of Ramon Castro's life insurance policy and savings accounts yet did not know how much they were worth. Prosecutors have said his life insurance policies are worth a combined $1.15 million.

When Harris asked Esperanza Castro about a potential divorce with her husband, she responded that the issue was casually discussed, though she never took potential separation seriously since they bought a home in Texas together and intended to move there.

The trial continues Thursday.


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