Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the indictment of CARMELO CASTILLO, 36, for fatally shooting 32-year-old Marisol Duran, murdering her in their East Harlem apartment while their children were home with them. He is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Murder in the Second Degree, and three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
“I am deeply saddened by the death of Ms. Duran, and for her three children who are now without their mother,” said District Attorney Bragg. “These utterly horrific allegations demonstrate how quickly intimate-partner violence can turn fatal – particularly when there is a gun in the home. Time and again, we see that the most dangerous time in a relationship is when a woman attempts to leave. I urge anyone who needs assistance to contact our office by contacting our Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Bureau at 212-335-4308.”
According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, CASTILLO lived with Ms. Duran, their two children, and CASTILLO’s other child in an East Harlem apartment. The victim recently told CASTILLO she did not want to be with him anymore, and that she wanted him to leave. Between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. on April 15, 2023, while all three children were home, CASTILLO shot Ms. Duran with a small-caliber pistol and used a pillow to muffle the sound. When police responded to 911 calls, CASTILLO refused to open the door and barricaded it to prevent his children from opening it for the police. He eventually let his oldest child open the door for police, who placed him under arrest.
Assistant D.A. Jennifer Sigall is handling the prosecution of this case with the assistance of Assistant D.A. Paul Barker and under the supervision of Assistant D.A. David Hammer (Chief of Trial Bureau 70) and Executive Assistant D.A. Justin McNabney (Chief of the Special Victims Division).
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- Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, one count
- Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor, three counts