Defendant in Layton murder warned of witness tampering

Friday , July 11, 2014 - 3:49 PM

Tim Gurrister

FARMINGTON -- A judge cautioned Joe Castillo against trying to contact his children, who will likely be witnesses against him in the murder of their mother.

Castillo was in 2nd District Court for a roll call hearing, or status conference, Thursday on murder charges in the June 8 stabbing death of his estranged wife Kaylynn Spackman. The charges include domestic violence in the presence of a child.

After the defense asked for more time to review the evidence against Castillo before scheduling a preliminary hearing, the prosecution told Judge Mike Allphin that Castillo had been trying to contact his children through third parties, despite a no contact order banning it.

"Talk to him Mr. Allen will you," the judge advised defense attorney Bernie Allen, noting further charges could be filed if Castillo persists. Allphin set another roll call hearing for Aug. 15. Castillo is currently in the Davis County jail in lieu of bail.

After the hearing Allen described the evidence against his client as voluminous. "We have a lot of people to talk to, a lot of people ... people who saw pieces of what happened," he said.

Interviews will also include people who knew the details of what had been a long-term marriage, possibly 20 years, between Castillo and Spackman, Allen said.

Many of Spackman's neighbors in Layton saw or heard parts of the argument with Castillo in her home that Sunday night when she was killed, communicating that to the media as well as police.

Police said three of the couple’s children, ages 17, 8 and 4, were in the home at the time of the attack,

Castillo, 45, of Roy, had been served a protective order by Spackman, 36, a few months prior. After the altercation Castillo fled on foot toward Clearfield, according to charging documents filed the next day. 

The day after that he was located by police and arrested while having  lunch in a restaurant in Lake Point in Tooele County.

Layton police at the time said the search for Castillo had included the assistance of the Ogden Police Department, Utah Highway Patrol and the Northern Utah Joint Criminal Apprehension Team.

Contact reporter Tim Gurrister at 801-625-4238, Follow him on Twitter at @tgurrister​​​​

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