Published On: Wed, Apr 23rd, 2014

Remenard Castro, Nina Castro murder-suicide is end to rape, domestic violence nightmare

Months before a Gary man shot and killed his estranged wife in front of their two children, he raped her at gunpoint, court records in northwest Indiana’s Lake County show. The shocking murder-suicide has rocked the local communities.

Remanard Castro

Remanard Castro

Remanard Castro, 54, and Nina Castro, 42, who had recently moved to Chicago. He shot and killed the woman in front of their children, raced away from the scene on a motorcycle. Confronted by police, he then shot himself.

“The Gary officer made contact with Mr. Castro. After disobeying the officer’s command, Mr. Castro turned the gun on himself and administered a fatal self-inflicted wound,” said Chief Greg Mance, Griffith Police Department, to ABC News and the press at the scene.

Now details are emerging that detail how Remanard,55, was free on $90,000 bond for allegedly raping her and threatening her in November in Gary, Ind. The court documents show that Nina Castro had filed for divorce in November. A probable cause affidavit filed by prosecutors in the rape case states Remenard Castro told her after the alleged rape “the Dissolution [sic] was not going to be pretty and the kids were going to suffer.”

Robert Lewis, the attorney representing Remanard Castro in both the divorce and the rape case, said his client always claimed the sex was consensual and the couple remained close, even after charges were filed. No restraining order or no-contact order had been filed in the case because the couple had remained amicable, Lewis said. Lewis talked with Remanard Castro on Saturday and said Castro seemed calm, even upbeat.

“I told him I thought we had an excellent chance of beating the case… He gave me instructions, as if he was planning on this all moving to a conclusion,” Lewis said. “I was shocked when I heard what had happened.”

A domestic arugment was noted as the cause that resulted in the shooting murder of Nina with their two teen boys witnessing the horror. They are staying with relatives for now.



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