A California man accused of beheading the mother of his child with a sword exchanged hostile, and at times, threatening text messages with his ex-girlfriend the day before her brutal slaying, according to a new report.
Jose Rafael Solano Landaeta was arrested Thursday on homicide charges related to the murder of his one-time girlfriend, Karina Castro. Authorities found the 27-year-old victim’s body outside her apartment in the Bay Area city of San Carlos around 11:30 a.m.
According to a press release from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, a domestic dispute culminated in the deadly altercation between the ex-couple. Witnesses flagged down officers amid the attack, but it was already too late — Castro was pronounced dead on the scene.
“Shortly thereafter, the suspect returned to the scene,” the release continued.
In a new interview with ABC 7, Castro’s family members opened up about their grief and how they wish they could change what happened to her. The victim’s grandmother, Danielle Gannon, told the news station that 33-year-old Landaeta is a diagnosed schizophrenic who often “drank excessively” despite being on medication.
Family members added that Castro was granted a restraining order against her former flame in April, but kept in contact with him anyway.
“Every time I saw her, I would beg her,” the victim’s father, Marty Castro, said. “Don’t talk to him. Leave him and it seemed like the more I did that, the more she would see him.”