Xavier Garcia charged with capital murder of Katrina Castillo

Xavier Garcia charged with capital murder of Katrina Castillo
Katrina Castillo (Source: Lubbock County Sheriff's Office)
Katrina Castillo (Source: Lubbock County Sheriff's Office)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock County grand jury has indicted 21-year-old Xavier Garcia on an upgraded charge of capital murder of 20-year-old Katrina Castillo. The indictment says Garcia stabbed her to death after kidnapping her and then robbed her. The indictment came after a special grand jury session on Thursday morning.

Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe says Garcia confessed to the murder of Katrina Castillo after being found in possession of her vehicle at the time of his arrest.

The 911 call about a body being found in Northeast Lubbock County in the Colonial Heights area came in around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. Sheriff's Office investigators and the Lubbock County Medical Examiner's Office were called to the scene. Castillo's body was found in the backyard of a home in the 4200 block of East 2nd Street.

The next day, investigators with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office arrested Xavier Garcia on unrelated charges and named him as a person of interest in the case. The arrest warrant reveals that Garcia was named as a person of interest as a previous resident of the home where Castillo's body was found.

Sheriff Rowe said Garcia confessed to the murder during questioning. Officials believe Castillo was killed where her body was found. They said Garcia described details of the murder and the scene that had not been released to the public.

The Lubbock County Medical Examiner's Office says Castillo died from multiple sharp force injuries and have classified her death as a homicide.

Officials say Garcia has a direct tie to the residence where Castillo's body was found. The murder weapon was found and is being described as a "knife-type weapon." The Sheriff says this was not a random act of violence.

Garcia was previously sentenced to 10 years probation after a 2017 charge of threatening aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He is currently being held at the Lubbock County Detention Center on a $350,000 bond.

If convicted, he faces life without parole or the death penalty.

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