A Queens, New York man was convicted Wednesday for the brutal 2015 beating death of his girlfriend and her daughter, whom he believed were witches who casted spells on him. Carlos Alberto Amarillo, 48, used a hammer to bludgeon to death his girlfriend Estrella Castaneda, 56, and her daughter, Lina Castaneda, 25, as they slept. Amarillo then called 911, telling an operator “I killed them because they are witches, I want the police to kill me. I killed them with a hammer.” according to New York’s PIX11.
When police arrived at the Castaneda’s East Elmhurst home, they found Amarillo clutching a Bible and muttering, “I killed them. I killed them.” Inside they found the victims' dead bodies, blood splattered on the walls, and pieces of the hammer lying beside their beds. They also found Lina’s 7-year-old daughter, who was unharmed, on the bed next to her mother. Amarillo later told police the women had made him sick by “performing voodoo and casting spells.”
Following a two-week trial, Amarillo was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 7, and is facing a possible life sentence with no parole. In a statement, Queens district attorney Richard A. Brown said he was thankful Lina Castaneda’s daughter was unharmed, though, added that she will be “forever impacted by the absence of both her mother and grandmother in her life.”
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