2017-06-14 / Front Page

‘Black Magic’ Basher Guilty Of Two Murders

By Liz Goff
A deranged Queens construction worker was convicted on June 7th of using a claw hammer to bash his girlfriend and her daughter to death in January 2014. Carlos Amarillo, 48, told police he murdered the women because he feared they were witches and they had cast a spell on him, prosecutors said.

Police who arrived at the scene of the bloodbath on January 29, 2014 found Amarillo, wandering in the street outside the home at 24-10 87th Street in East Elmhurst, waving a bible and screaming, “I killed them. I killed them.”

Police found a chilling scene inside the home – the bludgeoned bodies of Estrella Castandea, 58, and her daughter, Lina Castaneda, both slaughtered by Amarillo with a claw hammer.

Lina Castanedo was found face down on her bedroom floor, prosecutors said. Her 7-year-old daughter was found in a bed just from her mother’s body. The little girl, who was spared in the attack but witnessed the horror, was released to the custody of her father.

Cops said Estrella Castaneda was found dead in another bedroom in the second-floor apartment with a pillow over her head.

After he killed the two women, Amarillo called 911 and confessed that he “assassinated” them – and he wanted the police to kill him. He later told detectives he killed the two women because they were witches who he believed had cast a voodoo spell on him. “I killed them with a hammer,” Amarillo told police.

The rubber hammer handle was found on the blood soaked bed beside Estrella Castaneda, and a wall behind the bed was splattered with blood, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said at Amarillo’s arraignment that he gave investigators five statements indicating his guilt.

Amarillo is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole for each murder when he is sentenced later this year.

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