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Janesville man charged in Illinois murders waives extradition

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Ted Sullivan
May 18, 2010
— More than a week after a double murder in Rockford, Ill., and the arrest of a Janesville man, little information is being released to the public.

Rockford officials wonít comment on the Janesville suspectís motive or relationship to the victims.


Court records in Winnebago County, Ill., donít include a narrative detailing the crime.


At the request of Rockford investigators, Janesville police wonít release reports detailing their role in the investigation.


Family members on both sides have refused to comment.


And Rock County Judge Kenneth Forbeck decided Tuesday that search warrants executed in Janesville and connected to the suspectís arrest should be sealed from the public. Search warrants often include details of the crime required to support the reason for the search.


As a result, the public knows little about why Alexander G. Castillo, 26, of 1604 Green Valley Drive, No. 5, Janesville, is suspected of fatally shooting Christa R. Clark, 29, and Michael W. Clark, 34, in their Rockford home May 10.


The Gazette has asked to view search warrants and Janesville police reports stemming from the investigation.


Officials said the documents arenít being released because the murders remain under investigation.


In court Tuesday, Castillo waived his right to contest extradition. He will be returned to Winnebago County to face four charges of first-degree murder.


Attorneys on both sides agreed that the search warrants could be sealed because Castillo doesnít have a right to view evidence against him until the court process begins in Illinois. The warrants likely will be unsealed at that point.


A neighbor called Rockford police at 2 a.m. Monday, May 10, to report gunfire coming from a home at 2108 21st St., Rockford, Winnebago County Stateís Attorney Joe Bruscato said Tuesday, May 11, during a press conference. 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.


Twelve hours after the murders, Castillo was arrested in Janesville after a traffic stop for operating after revocation.


Castillo acted alone, Bruscato said, and the murders were not random.


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.


If convicted, Castillo faces the death penalty.



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