What to Know
- The testimony from 23-year-old Nicholas Castillo focused on video from a neighbor's security camera.
- He testified he recognized a man seen in a neighbor's security camera video the night of his mother's death as his father.
- He said he recognized the way he ran and the legs – his father has a limp in his right leg.
The oldest son of a Virginia CEO accused of killing his wife and making it look like a suicide testified against him Monday.
Michelle Castillo, a mother of five children, was found hanging in a basement shower in an Ashburn home March 20, 2014. She and her husband, Braulio Castillo, were in the middle of a bitter divorce and child custody battle, and he was barred from the home.
The testimony from 23-year-old Nicholas Castillo focused on video from a neighbor's security camera.
In the hours before Michelle Castillo's body was found, a man whose face cannot be seen is seen jogging up the street, pausing, then crossing the street and going up the Castillo driveway. Then at 12:30 a.m., the same figure is seen running away. The next morning, the four youngest Castillo children woke up to find their mom missing.
“I recognize the person in that video as my father,” Nicholas Castillo testified.
He said he recognized the way he ran and the legs – his father has a limp in his right leg.
Defense attorneys pressed, suggesting his father had surgery to correct his leg problems.
“He always had a limp, yes he did,” the son testified.
Michelle Castillo's best friend, Stephanie Meeker, and her husband also testified about the video, coming to the same conclusion. Meeker and her husband are now the foster parents for the four young Castillo children.
The prosecution rested its case Monday.