LYNN — A man allegedly bludgeoned his wife to death with a metal baseball bat here early Monday and then confessed to his family and police, court records show.
The defendant, Miguel A. Castillo, 55, told officers who came to his Chase Street apartment shortly before 5 a.m., “Go ahead. Take me I killed my wife,” a Lynn police report said.
The report was filed in Lynn District Court, where Castillo was arraigned in the afternoon on a murder charge for the brutal slaying of his wife, Luz Yanina Acevedo-Gomez, 47.
Castillo stood handcuffed in the prisoner’s dock and fought tears during the brief hearing. Court officers at one point had to steady him while a Spanish interpreter translated the proceedings.
A not guilty plea was entered on Castillo’s behalf, and he was ordered held without bail.
His court-appointed lawyer, John V. Apruzzese, declined to comment afterward, except to say that “the defense investigation is beginning today, and when there’s more information we will advise you of what’s going on.”
No details of the murder were disclosed in court, but a Lynn police report said Castillo’s sister, New Jersey resident Beatriz Castillo, reported that Miguel called her early Monday “and stated that he killed his wife with a baseball bat.”
Beatriz Castillo called her other brother, Federico Castillo, who then alerted police.
When officers knocked on Miguel Castillo’s door, he stepped into the hallway holding his wrists out to be handcuffed, the report said.
Police said he then admitted to the slaying and later kneeled down and put his hands behind his back, imploring officers to “just arrest me.”
Officers placed him into custody and discovered Acevedo-Gomez “unresponsive, not breathing” and with extremities “cold to the touch” inside the apartment, the report said.
Police also noted blood splatter on a wall near Acevedo-Gomez’s body, according to the report.
In addition, investigators observed a black metal baseball bat with what appeared to be dried blood on its barrel.
Miguel Castillo’s next hearing is scheduled for May 4. Prosecutors did not disclose a motive for the slaying.
Federico Castillo attended the arraignment and said he knew little about his brother’s case.
He said his brother and Acevedo “argued sometimes” like any couple, but he wasn’t aware of any trouble in the relationship.
The couple had been married for the last few years, Federico Castillo said.
Acevedop-Gomez’a relatives did not attend the arraignment.
The couple’s Chase Street apartment building was the scene of another brutal attack last April.
John Michelin and Darrin Stephens allegedly raped Bret Reilly, 48, with an object inside the apartment building and delivered a beating that he later died from, according to prosecutors.
Michelin and Stephens were indicted on murder charges in February and are being held without bail.