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Trial Date Set in School Shooting Case

Posted October 31, 2007

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— A tentative trial date is set for the man deputies said killed his father, then tried to carry out a Columbine-style attack.

Alvaro Castillo, 19, of Hillsborough, is scheduled to go on trial May 5. He is charged with murder in the Aug. 30, 2006, shooting death of his father, Rafael Huezo Castillo, and faces several charges in connection with a shooting that injured two students the same day outside Orange High School.

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.