Castillo pleads not guilty in killing of boyfriend’s wife |

Castillo pleads not guilty in killing of boyfriend’s wife

Ryan Summerlin
Michelle Castillo

Michelle Castillo, charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Glenwood Springs woman last year, pleaded not guilty in district court Wednesday. Castillo’s 15-day jury trial was also set to begin Jan. 8.

Castillo is being prosecuted as a conspirator in the homicide. She is the girlfriend of Gustavo Olivo-Tellez, who investigators have charged as the gunman in the shooting death of his wife, Blanca Salas-Jurado, in her apartment south of Glenwood Springs. Salas-Jurado, who was also the mother of Olivo-Tellez’s 3-year-old son, was found with multiple gunshot wounds.

Prosecutors say that Castillo drove to the Front Range to pick up Olivo-Tellez and bring him to Glenwood the day of the homicide and that she purchased the ammunition he used and fled town with him after Salas-Jurado was killed.

In court hearings, the prosecution has also described relationship trouble between the victim and Olivo-Tellez over his dating Castillo. Deputy district attorneys have said that Salas-Jurado threatened to keep Olivo-Tellez’s son away from him if he continued dating Castillo.

Castillo was initially charged as an accessory to the crime, and she accepted a plea deal. But that deal required that she give an interview to investigators. In the interview, investigators did not believe the information she was giving was credible. Prosecutors then rescinded the plea agreement and added the first-degree murder charge, arguing that she was not simply an accessory in the homicide but an accomplice.

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