Circuit Court Judge Stephen E. Sincavage today denied a motion by the commonwealth to revoke the bond for Braulio Marcelo Castillo, 43, who was charged April 1 with the March 19 murder of his wife.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Nicole Wittmann argued that newly released DNA evidence linked Castillo directly to the body. The forensic report stated DNA taken from fresh blood stains on the victim's sweatshirt and a pillow in the victim's room were a match for Castillo.
Wittman said this physical evidence strongly suggests Castillo's guilt beyond the circumstantial evidence in play until this point. She said an increase in the chance of conviction means greater flight risk while on bond and a greater risk to the public and the witnesses who could testify against the defendant.
Castillo was released on bond July 29, paying 10 percent of the $2 million. He did so by offering two of his own properties. The rest was paid by two private individuals.
Defense attorney Alex Levay argued Castillo's behavior while on bond, his appearance in court that day, and his significant monetary investment indicate his compliance to the terms of the bond and his dedication to attending the trials. He said he is “ready to face these allegations (of murder) and fight them head on.”
Sincavage ruled that the certificate of analysis of the DNA was not as strongly indicative of guilt as the commonwealth argued, diminishing the argument that it would significantly increase the likelihood of conviction.
Castillo's lack of criminal history, his ties to the community and the evidence of Castillo's having a secure bond led Sincavage to rule in the defense's favor.
Read past coverage:
-Updated: Ashburn man arrested for the murder of his wife
-Ashburn man accused of murdering his wife granted $2 million bond
-Ashburn man accused of killing wife free on bond