Janesville police lauded by Rockford for their assistance

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Ted Sullivan
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
— A Janesville man faces four charges of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of an Illinois couple.

Alexander G. Castillo, 26, of 1604 Green Valley Drive, No. 5, Janesville, is accused of shooting Christa R. Clark, 29, and Michael W. Clark, 34, of Rockford, Ill., early Monday morning.

Under Illinois law, Castillo is being charged with first-degree murder twice for each death. One charge is for the act of shooting causing death, while the other is for having the intent to kill.

Castillo appeared in Rock County Court on Tuesday for an initial appearance on a fugitive complaint to start the extradition process. He was ordered held in the Rock County Jail without bond. He is scheduled to appear in court today for a bond hearing.

Winnebago County, Ill., State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato said during a press conference Tuesday that Castillo acted alone. He said the murders were not random.

Bruscato refused to comment on Castillo’s relationship with the Clarks or his motive because the case remains under investigation. He also would not comment on whether the homicides were domestic or drug related.

A neighbor called Rockford police at 2 a.m. Monday to report gunfire coming from a home at 2108 21st St., Rockford, Bruscato said. The Clarks were found dead in the home.

Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia said Christa had multiple gunshots wounds. She said Michael had one gunshot wound.

Two children, ages 1 and 7, were found unharmed at the murder scene, Bruscato said. The children are in protective custody.

Rockford Deputy Police Chief Greg Lindmark said detectives had a suspect immediately and believed he was in Janesville. He said Janesville police were notified and watched for the suspect.

Twelve hours later, Janesville police arrested Castillo at 2 p.m. Monday after a traffic stop for operating after revocation. The traffic stop was made in a parking lot at Milton and Mount Zion avenues.

Rockford officials praised Janesville police for their help with the investigation and arrest.

A Rockford police detective interviewed Castillo in Janesville before arresting him on the murder charges. Evidence also was found in Janesville, Bruscato said.

The Clarks were married in Rock County in 2009, according to court records. The Clarks had a divorce pending in Winnebago County.

Christa (Ellefson) Clark attended Parker High School, according to the school’s yearbook.

Castillo’s online court records show at least six different Janesville addresses since 2004. His record includes multiple drunken-driving charges, including causing injury while drunken driving, substantial battery and multiple traffic citations.

Castillo will remain in the Rock County Jail pending extradition to Illinois. If convicted, he faces the death penalty.

Last updated: 1:52 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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