Jury Selection Might Start Wednesday in Castillo Case

By Tricia Bishop
Baltimore Sun
Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Jury selection could begin Wednesday in the triple murder trial of Mark Castillo, the Montgomery County man who police say confessed to drowning his three young children in a Baltimore hotel bathtub in March 2008 before attempting suicide.

Castillo's attorneys sought Tuesday to suppress the statements he made to police detectives shortly after the incident, although several delays prevented a ruling. The hearing is expected to continue Wednesday morning in Baltimore Circuit Court.

The trial has been delayed by numerous legal moves, including two attempts on Castillo's part to enter insanity pleas and his request that he be allowed to fire his attorneys, plead guilty and receive the death penalty.

After strolling through Baltimore's Inner Harbor on March 29, 2008, police say, Castillo checked himself and his three children into the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. An hour later, court documents say, he drowned the children, ages 2, 4 and 6, one by one in the bathtub. He then took 100 Motrin pills and cut himself five times.

Police say Castillo was trying to punish his estranged wife, Amy Castillo, who was fighting him in a divorce and custody battle. Court records show a history of mental issues for Castillo. Amy Castillo repeatedly asked Montgomery courts to keep him from the children, saying he had made threats against them. Her requests were denied.

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