Mark Castellano is scheduled to be featured in a special on the popular talk show Dr. Phil next week, having finally confessed to the murder of his ex-girlfriend Michelle Warner. According to ABC News, the man taped an interview with TV talk-show host named Phil McGraw only two days before he confessed to the police that he was at fault for Warner’s death. Police reports say that Mr. Castellano sat down for an interview with the TV personality in Texas only a few days before his confession, but it is not yet confirmed whether he confessed to the crime in the interview with Dr. Phil.
The 37-year-old was charged in court overnight with killing Warner and only spoke when he requested a court-appointed attorney to work on his case. He is being held in jail on a $150,000 bond. Castellano told law enforcement that he snapped his ex-girlfriend’s neck during an argument while their three-year-old son Cayden played in the other room. Warner’s family was the first to suspect that something was wrong when they hadn’t heard from her in a few days despite constant phone calls and text messages. The family said that Warner had been living with Castellano even though they were no longer romantically involved.
Castellano left Houston with his son and drove eight hours to visit relatives in Odessa, Texas. On the way, he tried to hide Warner’s body in a large oil field where he hoped that it would not be discovered. The young man remained in contact with investigators in Houston and eventually agreed to fly back to Houston and meet the, face-to-face.
There he confessed that he had choked Warner until her neck snapped and then hid her body in a closet with a plastic bag covering her head. When Cayden say Warner’s feet dangling off the bed after the head, Castellano lied and told the boy that his mother was asleep. Castellano now faces up to a lifetime in prison for the murder of his girlfriend. If you have been charged with murder, don’t take any action before talking to a lawyer. If you have been falsely accused, it’s best to start your quest for justice by remaining silent and contacting a talented and hard-working lawyer.
When interviewed about the case, Castellano admitted that he “just couldn’t take it anymore.” He may be charged for aggravated manslaughter instead of murder if the defense can prove that his actions were a spur-of-the-moment decision that was committed in an emotional state. The defense team may also be able to prove that he does not deserve the death penalty or deserves the prospect of probation if they can prove that Castellano is repentant and cooperative. Talk to someone at the Martinez Law Firm today if you need more information about criminal defense in a murder case.