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Murder suspect to fight extradition

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Ted Sullivan
May 13, 2010
— A Janesville man facing four charges of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of an Illinois couple plans to fight extradition.

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


Castillo appeared in Rock County Court on Wednesday for a bail hearing. He was wearing an orange jail jumpsuit. Three sheriff’s deputies flanked him in the courtroom.


Castillo’s defense attorney, David J Klauser, said Castillo would not waive extradition and asked for a cash bond.


Assistant District Attorney Tom White asked for no bond, saying the murder charges are serious.


White said Castillo could be a flight risk. He said Winnebago County, Ill., officials also have expressed concern over protecting a witness in the case.


Judge Kenneth Forbeck ordered Castillo held on no bond. He said the charges are the most severe in any state. He scheduled a hearing June 9 to start the extradition process.


Castillo’s attorney said his client wanted to invoke his right to remain silent. He said Castillo didn’t want to be questioned while in jail.


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 wouldn’t 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.


Janesville police arrested Castillo at 2 p.m. Monday after a traffic stop at Milton and Mount Zion avenues.


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



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