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PHOTOS: Sad End for Man Who Murdered His Girlfriend and Daughter with Hammer After Accusing Them of Being Witches

An evil man who used a hammer to brutally murder his own girlfriend and daughter after believing that they were witches has met a cruel fate.

A man received two life sentences for murdering his girlfriend and her daughter with a hammer because he thought they were witches casting voodoo spells on him, Daiymail reported.

The man identified as Carlos Alberto Amarillo, 48, of Queens, New York, was convicted of murder, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child in the deaths of Estrella Castaneda, 56, and Lina Castaneda, 25.

The incident happened at the man’s home. Armarillo was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences in the Queens Supreme Court on Thursday.

District Attorney Richard Brown said: ‘This defendant will rightfully spend the rest of his natural life behind bars.’

Amarillo called 911 himself in January 2014, stating that ‘two females are dead, they were assassinated, hurry they are dead. ‘

He added: ‘I killed them because they are witches, I want the police to kill me. I killed them with a hammer.’

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When police arrived, Amarillo was holding a Bible and told the officers the women were ‘witches and were performing voodoo and casting spells’ on him that made him sick, Brown said.

During the trial, it was gathered that Estrella was found ‘face up on the bed with a pillow over her face,’ Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. ‘The rubber grip of a hammer was beside her body on the bed.’

rown said Lina’s body was found in the rear bedroom ‘face down with injuries to her head and a hammer was on the floor beside her’.
Lina’s seven-year-old daughter was found on the bed in her mother’s room. She was unharmed.

‘She will, however, be forever impacted by the absence of both her mother and grandmother in her life,’ Brown said.

Neighbor Camilo Alvarez, who was 23 at the time, heard the brutal murders from two doors down.

‘He was swinging the hammer hard,’ Alvarez said. ‘It was a good minute, two minutes.’ But he added that no one called the police because they didn’t hear any screaming.

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NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton called the senseless crime an ‘extraordinarily sad circumstance where a couple of innocents were killed’.

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