Human skulls case continues

May 2 2011 - 4:27pm

FARMINGTON -- A defendant who police said had two human skulls in his shed, waived his preliminary hearing.

Roberto Casillas-Corales, 53, of Clearfield, appeared before Judge David Connors in 2nd District Court on Monday.

A preliminary hearing is when a judge decides if there is enough evidence to go forward with the case.

Connors set May 17 for a felony arraignment hearing.

Casillas-Corales is charged with two counts of third-degree felony abuse or desecration of a dead human body. He is booked in the Davis County Jail on a $10,000 bail.

Casillas-Corales was arrested by Clearfield police on March 13 after officers found two human skulls in his shed.

Police originally had a search warrant to find illegal drugs following a traffic stop earlier on March 13, but what they found instead were various dead animals and two human skulls inside a shed.

They also found a religious shrine in the shed.

Police believe the animals were goats and sheep and that many of the animal skulls are rams.

Investigators seized two human skulls and several hundred pounds of animal bones, flesh and blood as part of the investigation.

Officers said Casillas-Corales told investigators the skulls were used by him for religious purposes and that he is a santero, which is a priest in the Santeria religion.

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