Layton woman stabbed to death, husband sought

Monday , June 09, 2014 - 5:41 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

LAYTON — Prosecutors have charged a Roy man, who they say stabbed and killed his wife late Sunday night. But the suspect is still on the loose.

Police said Joe Joseph Castillo, 45, arrived at his wife’s home at 3228 W. 1025 North, Layton sometime before 11 p.m. They said there was a domestic dispute and Castillo stabbed his wife, 36-year-old Kay Lynn Spackman. He then fled on foot going north toward Clearfield. 

According to a warrant for his arrest, Castillo was served with a protective order a few months prior. He came to his estranged wife’s home in the evening and began arguing with her. 

Nancy Prince said late Sunday night the arguments came to a head and she and her four neighbors heard it all.

“We heard screaming from the garage,” said Prince. “I jumped up and I saw the struggle.”

She could see the horrific attack unfolding outside her window.

As she stared toward the open garage door she was on the phone with dispatchers, but so were other neighbors in the cul-de-sac.

The woman’s 17-year-old son tried to stop the fight happening between his parents.

“The son was struggling trying to save his mom,” Prince said.

One neighbor who is a firefighter performed CPR on her until medical help arrived. The woman was breathing when she left the home, but her injuries were too severe for her to survive.

“It shocked me,” Prince said, who has known the couple for five years. “He has always been very friendly, very cordial.”

Prince described Spackman as kind, outgoing and always caring of others.

“What makes me so sad about this is those three little kids.”

Prince said the couple had three older children who have moved out, but three juveniles are still living at home aged 17, 8, and 4.

The argument moved to the garage and escalated. Castillo allegedly stabbed Spackman with a kitchen knife multiple times. 

Another neighbor who heard the commotion also witnessed the altercation and yelled at Castillo to stop, at which point he fled the home, according to the warrant.

When police arrived at 11:03 p.m., Castillo was gone. Spackman was transported to Davis Hospital, where she died from her injuries. 

The couple had been married for 20 years. The couple’s two other children, 8- and 4-year-old daughters, were also in the home during the attack.

Prince said the past two months the demeanor of Castillo had escalated. The couple was separated and Castillo was living elsewhere.

Charges against Castillo were filed Monday in the 2nd District Court of Farmington including first-degree felony murder, domestic abuse, child abuse and violation of a protective order.

Castillo is described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing about 130 pounds. He was wearing a sleeveless green shirt and khaki shorts. He may have had a cut on his forehead. 

Anyone with information should call police at 801-497-8300.

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