The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office has charged Robert Castillo, a 40-year-old resident of St. Paul, with second-degree murder in the tragic death of his wife, Corinna Woodhull. The incident occurred on Tuesday evening at a St. Paul residence, where Castillo allegedly repeatedly stabbed Woodhull with a knife.
Upon their arrival at the residence, Woodhull was discovered with grave injuries from stab wounds inflicted upon her torso, chest, and arms. Furthermore, Castillo was apprehended and held down on the floor by multiple individuals, as confirmed by CBS News.
After giving birth to five children, Woodhull tragically passed away and was declared deceased upon her arrival at Regions Hospital.
According to reports, Castillo’s sister disclosed that she conducts a bible study session for her family members every Tuesday night at their residence.
As per a criminal complaint obtained by the news outlet, Woodhull and Castillo arrived without any incident and took a seat next to one another on a couch.
During the meeting, Castillo reportedly whispered something into Woodhull’s ear before proceeding to allegedly repeatedly stab his wife as stated in the complaint.
During the altercation, Castillo was tackled and disarmed by his own family members.
According to a witness who spoke to the police, they firmly believed that if the knife had not been taken away from the perpetrator, he would have inflicted harm on more individuals.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has declared Woodhull’s demise as a homicide.
In the aftermath of his apprehension, Castillo informed investigators that he and Woodhull had been lawfully wed for a few years and resided in Golden Valley until a month ago. He refrained from disclosing the reason for the couple’s separation, and subsequently requested for his legal representative, as noted in the complaint.
During the Bible study where the stabbing occurred, Castillo’s brother informed authorities that Woodhull and his brother had been experiencing issues in their marriage.
According to the complaint, during the time of the homicide, Castillo was wanted for failing to appear at a pretrial hearing for fourth-degree assault charges in the neighboring Washington County, as evidenced by an active warrant.
During the occurrence, it is reported that he purportedly attacked a prison guard while being confined.
Castillo holds a record of eight prior felony convictions, encompassing offenses such as first-degree assault, second-degree assault, possession of a firearm by an ineligible person, and second-degree burglary.
As per the news outlet, the defendant was found guilty of second-degree assault for using a hammer to inflict significant physical injury on the alleged mother of his offspring.
Should Castillo be found guilty, he could potentially face a maximum of 40 years behind bars.