A 40-year-old Minnesota man allegedly stabbed his estranged wife 20 times during a Bible study before she begged a witness, ‘Don’t let me die,’ court documents say.
By that time, Corrina Woodhull, 41, was soaked in blood from stab wounds that Robert Castillo had allegedly inflicted through her torso, chest and arms.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy, which found that a stab wound on the left side of Woodhull’s chest had penetrated her left breast and heart, according to the criminal complaint.
Woodhull and Castillo were ‘getting along’ on the couch for about 90 minutes, ‘there were no other signs of hostility,’ and ‘everything seemed fine.’
Castillo’s sister said the pair had been ‘acting normally’ and that he was holding her hand and kissing her, according to the Pioneer Press.
Castillo allegedly whispered something in Woodhull’s ear, she nodded, and then Castillo pulled out the blade, the complaint alleges.
Castillo allegedly stabbed Woodhull up to 20 times with a six-inch blade after he had whispered something in her ear, according to CBS Minnesota.
The alleged assault unfolded in front of several witnesses around 9 p.m. Tuesday in a Saint Paul home, where Castillo’s sister lives and hosts a weekly Bible study.
As police escorted Castillo to jail in handcuffs, he asked officers, ‘Is she going to be OK?’ according to the criminal complaint.
By 9:39 that night, Woodhull was pronounced dead in the hospital, and Castillo was charged with second-degree murder, along with two other felonies.
Other members of the Bible group, including some of Castillo’s family, pounced on him during the attack and wrestled the knife away from him while first responders arrived, according to the complaint.
Woodhull was a mother of five, who overcame drug addiction and depression, her friend Eriz Meszaros said in a statement on a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses.
‘Corrina was an advocate for those in recovery, she had a passion to help others experiencing substance use disorder and domestic abuse and violence,’ Meszaros wrote.
Woodhull and Castillo were legally married for a ‘couple years’ and lived together until about a month ago when they began having marital problems, the criminal complaint says.