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Murder Suspect Says Shooting Was an Accident

Investigators said there were marks on the victim’s head that indicated that the gun was next to her head.

Murder Suspect Says Shooting Was an Accident

Franklin Castano, who was charged with shooting and killing his girlfriend in February, is now claiming that the murder was an accident.

The Salem News reported that Castano, 44, of Peabody, requested that he be released on bail. Salem Superior Court Judge John Lu denied the request.

Castano’s defense lawyer said the shooting of Solanlly Paulino was accidental, but investigators said there were marks on the victim’s head that indicated that the gun was next to her head. The bullet travelled through her head, a sofa and into a floor, reported the Salem News.

Castano turned himself in at Lynn Police Station in February after allegedly killing Paulino, a Salem State University student and nanny.

The Peabody man was charged at least two other times for domestic violence-related crimes. 

In 2012, Castano, then living in Lynn, was charged with assault with a machete and butcher knife after he allegedly threatened his then 21-year-old girlfriend's life. 

After possibly becoming jealous of another man putting his arm around his girlfriend during her birthday party, he reportedly pulled out a "large black sword" and threatened to kill his girlfriend. He then picked up a butcher knife and threatened her again,  the Lynn Item reported in 2012.

He was also charged with domestic assault and battery in Salem in 2010.  

Castano is next expected in court on June 12 for a pretrial hearing.

Read the full Salem News article. 

Read previous Patch coverage associated with the murder:

Feb. 22, 2014: Programs Help Domestic Violence Victims 

Feb. 21, 2014: Murder Suspect Held Without Bail

Feb. 20, 2014: Peabody Man Charged With Murder

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