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Jury selection set for Tuesday in Orange High shooting

Posted July 26, 2009
Updated July 27, 2009

— Jury selection will begin Tuesday for the trial of a man accused of killing his father and then opening fire outside Orange High School almost three years ago.

Trial to begin for Orange High shooting suspect Trial to begin for Orange High shooting suspect

Alvaro Rafael Castillo, 22, of Hillsborough, is charged with fatally shooting his father, Rafael Huezo Castillo, on Aug. 30, 2006, driving to Orange High and firing at the school. Two students suffered minor injuries before the gunman was tackled by school personnel.

Castillo publicly acknowledged after his arrest that he was obsessed with the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. Before the shooting, he sent an e-mail to the principal at Columbine High to announce his intention to commit a similar act and mailed a videotaped confession to a Chapel Hill newspaper.

Since his arrest, Castillo has received treatment at Central Prison and Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh for mental issues. In February, Judge Allen Baddour ruled that he was competent to assist in his defense at trial.

He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to all charges.


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  • PearlMonteverde Jul 27, 2009

    Does this mean that Jim Woodall has to work for a living for awhile...............like the common folk?

  • jrfergerson Jul 27, 2009

    Great way to use our tax dollars - house,feed,cloth,provide health care and all in air conditioned facility for how many years. Hey they don't have worries like us having to make ends meet and don't even have to pay taxes. Way to go NC if our state continues this use of our tax dollars in this manner no wonder we don't have any money for needed programs.

  • whocares Jul 27, 2009

    After 3 years of ongoing therapy for his mental health issues, I guess that ahout says it all. He really was insane when he did these acts of violence. I don't think he should get off scott free though.

  • Raleigh Boys Jul 27, 2009

    The Orange County jail has the BEST fried chicken on Thursdays. He probably is enjoying the best free food and cable TV, Orange County has to offer.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 27, 2009

    Sooooo many reasons this guy will NEVER face death. 1)He will claim insanity. 2)The trial is in (what a joke)Orange County 3)North Carolina doesn't have an active Death Penalty.

    ALL 3 of those need to be reversed.

  • haggis basher Jul 27, 2009

    "insanity defense???? really? puhlease"
    So shooting your father and attempting to replicate Colombine is the act of a sane person? Thats about as insane as it gets!

  • bluecharger Jul 27, 2009

    insanity defense???? really? puhlease

  • Rdi73162 Jul 27, 2009

    3 years to begin his trial, what a joke