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DA: NY slay suspect says victims cast spells

January 29, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors allege a man called 911 and confessed to beating his girlfriend and her daughter to death because he thought they were witches.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Carlos Alberto Amarillo was awaiting arraignment Wednesday afternoon. The name of his attorney was not immediately known.

The bodies of 56-year-old Estrella Castaneda and her daughter, 25-year-old Lina Castaneda, were found just after midnight in their bedrooms.

Police recovered a hammer at the blood-soaked scene. One victim had a pillow over her face.

The younger victim's 7-year-old daughter was found on the bed in her mother's room. She was not physically harmed.

According to the DA, the suspect told police that both women were casting spells on him. They say he was carrying a Bible when they arrived.



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