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Judge orders new trial for woman accused of killing husband

Posted: May 17, 2008 1:36 a.m.
Updated: July 18, 2008 5:03 a.m.
SAN FERNANDO - A Canyon Country woman accused of killing her husband will be tried a second time.

Superior Court Judge Burt Pines ordered a new trial for Esperanza Castro Friday morning, three full weeks after her first trial ended in a hung jury.

Castro, 45, was on trial for allegedly killing her husband in the bedroom of their home on March 22, 2006.

A pre-trial hearing for her second trial on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder is set to begin May 28 at 9 a.m.

Castro remained in custody after the Apr. 23 verdict, when the jury in her trial revealed to the judge that it was hung after 20 hours of deliberation.

After the verdict was announced, Deputy District Attorney Paula Gonzales indicated to the court that her office would prepare for another trial against Castro.

The jury, which consisted of
seven women and five men, was not able to unanimously agree that Gonzales, indeed, proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Castro killed her husband. Until Friday morning when Judge Pines made his decision for the second trial, court participants did not know whether Castro would face the charges again or have her case dismissed.

On March 23, 2006 Ramon Castro was found dead in the bed of his pickup truck, which had been abandoned under the Highway 14 overpass on Sierra Highway.

During her first trial, it was learned that Esperanza Castro had called deputies the night before to report a burglary at her home.


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