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Lubbock legal experts consider questions in Ysasaga case

Published: Jun. 20, 2015 at 2:54 AM CDT|Updated: Dec. 19, 2015 at 4:02 AM CST
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Attorney Ben Garcia
Attorney Ben Garcia
Christian Castro
Christian Castro

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Attorney Fernando Bustos said he has been following the Mark Ysasaga case closely for the past three years.

"It's a blockbuster case, no doubt about it," Bustos said. "It's a bombshell case. There's just a lot of sad details about it."

The case's newest detail is sparking confusion from the public. Lubbock police said an anonymous tip to Crime Line led them to some private property in south Lubbock, where they found Ysasaga's remains. Sources told KCBD that tip actually came from Christian Castro, who was a person of interest in Ysasaga's disappearance.

Bustos said it is not out of the norm for prosecutors to work with suspects or those who may know information about a crime to collect facts to build their cases on.

"No one else was able to give that evidence as to where the body was," Bustos said. "I mean, nobody. This was the only one person who came forward and said, 'I have information that would lead you to the body,' so that's the whole point of Crime Line there."

But he said it was out of the norm for a person of interest in the case to be given a reward.

Attorney Ben Garcia said he has never seen a case pan out like this before.

"My main question is the extent of this person's involvement in the crime itself," Garcia said. "Was he a party to the crime? Did he encourage it? Did he aid or assist in the commission of the crime? If so, then he should be prosecuted, not paid $10,000."

Garcia is also concerned that Castro was supposedly in police custody when he made the Crime Line call.

"This is a very strange sequence of events," Garcia said. "If that is in fact what occurred, then no, they did not have to give him $10,000 in order to get this information. The questions should have been asked as they are usually asked and using the tactics that police usually use to get this information out of him without rewarding him."

Until more is known about the investigation, Bustos is giving police the benefit of the doubt and credits them for retrieving an essential piece to this puzzle.

"If you don't have the body, you can't prove how the person died and when you have other corroborating evidence like the blood at the crime scene with the forensic evidence recovered from the body, that helps you put a lot of pieces together; so recovering that body, knowing where it was found, and giving closure to the family was worth a whole lot in this case," Bustos said.

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