Man Tries to Confess to Killing His Girlfriend, Police Turn Him Away (?)
San Jose, California — Hugo Castro, 28, walked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on Wednesday and told the deputy at the desk that he had information on a dead body. But the deputy turned him away, advising him to go to the San Jose police department.
“If the initial findings are true, then the Custody Deputy failed to meet the expectations of the department and we’ll take appropriate action to deal with the deputy.” Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department statement
The Jail reportedly stated that at “no time” did Castro mention that he was responsible for the dead body. Castro claims he slipped a note through the glass at the jail, advising them that he knew the location of the deceased, who happened to be his ex-girlfriend.
Turning away a murderer
Giving the deputy the benefit of the doubt, yes it happened in another jurisdiction. But the “dead body” part should have been a huge red flag to cause the deputy to at least check it out further.
After he went to the San Jose Police department, Castro was taken into custody and he led them to the body of 27-year-old Alessandra Barla. She had been stabbed and strangled.
This is the latest in a string of problems involving the main jail which is operated by the sheriff’s department, In fact, a commission was appointed by the county Tuesday to look into the problems, including the death of an inmate, allegedly at the hands of guards inside the jail.
A blue-ribbon commission led by retired Judge Ladoris Cordell is auditing the jail. She told ABC7 News, “All the more important that we look into the training that is given to the correctional officers at the jail.”
Cordell says currently correctional deputies are only required to have a high school diploma or GED. The commission will meet in November and present findings to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
The Custody Deputy has been reassigned from his job at the main jail, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
So there you have it. If you ever want to confess to killing someone, be sure to go to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office. As for Hugo Castro, he’s in custody charged with one count of murder with knife enhancement. His appearance date is November 16.