Suspect in Orange High shooting ruled competent for trial
Alvaro Castillo has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges he killed his father and tried to carry out a Columbine-style attack on his high school.Posted — Updated
Castillo's public defender, James Williams, said he agreed with the psychiatric assessment.
Baddour set a trial date of July 27.
After his arrest, Castillo publicly acknowledged the crimes in a homemade videotape and a letter mailed to a Chapel Hill newspaper the day of the incidents.
On the tape, Castillo appears agitated when talking about alleged abuse at the hands of his father.
Investigators said Castillo also sent an e-mail about the alleged rampage to the principal at Columbine High School near Littleton, Colo., where two gunmen shot 13 people before killing themselves in April 1999. In the e-mail, Castillo revealed his obsession with that massacre.
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