“Good night. It’s time to die.”

I came across this story while searching federal court filings. Almost a year ago Juan Jose Castillo-Cruz was charged with murdering his wife. According to documents filed in federal court the couple spent most of February 4th, 2010 arguing before Monica Leija went to sleep with her three-year old son and five-year old daughter. Investigators wrote the couple’s little girl saw Castillo lean over the bed, whisper to her mother, “Good night. It’s time to die,” before shooting her in the head. Investigators stated the little girl then said her father told her to go to the bathroom and clean up because “mommy threw up ketchup all over her.” According to court filings Castillo dropped the kids off at his mother’s house the next day and disappeared. Castillo was charged with murder in state court, but investigators believe he is hiding out in El Salvador. To increase the pressure, investigators have now charged Castillo with the federal crime of Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution. This allows law enforcement to lay the groundwork to extradite Castillo back to the U.S. if he is caught. According to the affidavit, Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos stated her office would extradite Castillo and asked for the UFAP charges to be filed.

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