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Man Charged In Slaying, School Shooting May Face Death

Posted April 2, 2007 9:07 a.m. EDT

— The Orange County District Attorney's Office is expected to announce Monday whether it will seek the death penalty against a 19-year-old involved in a school shooting.

Investigators said Alvero Castillo killed his father, then tried to kill students at Orange High School. At the time of his arrest, authorities said he was armed with two guns and two bombs.

Alvaro Rafael Castillo was wearing a T-shirt with the phrase "Remember Columbine," and he kept repeating the phrase when he was taken to jail. In April 1999, Columbine High School was the site of a shooting where 12 oeople were killed.

Hours before the shooting, authorities said Castillo sent a grisly e-mail to the Colorado high school to announce his intentions. The day before, he also sent a letter and video to local newspapers explaining his alleged actions.

In addition, a judge is expected to rule Monday on whether prosecutors can use information found on two computers. Castillo's lawyer said deputies illegally seized the computers from the family's home.