Thursday Recap of Nathaniel Castellanos Sentencing Trial

By: Spenser Tilus
By: Spenser Tilus

The Nathaniel Castellanos sentencing trial continued Thursday morning with the defense calling more witnesses to the stand. Similar to the witnesses that took the stand Wednesday afternoon, a former coworker of Castellanos was the first to take the stand and testified to the character Castellanos displayed during their time working with one another. Wayne Beatty stated that Castellanos had a great work ethic, and was a pleasure to work with.

The defense then changed their approach with they brought psychologist Jeff Victoroff took the stand. Victoroff testified to having reviewed Castellanos file as well as personally examining him. His evaluation showed that there wasn't enough prior documentation on Castellanos to verify that he had a mental disorder, but also stated that he could not rule it out either.

In the afternoon session, the defense concluded their plea for mercy by playing a recorded tape of Castellanos' son, Nathan. During the tap, Nathan asked the jury to have mercy on his father, told several stories of happy memories he had with his father, and finished with saying that no matter what happens he will always think of his dad as a good person. Nathan's words brought his father and most the jury to tears.

Both the prosecution and defense are scheduled to give their closing statements Friday morning, followed by the jury going into deliberation.

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