Murder suspect ‘maintains innocence’

Maryann Castorena. (Jan. 14, 2014)

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) – The attorney for Maryann Castorena, a suspect in the murder of 38-year-old Jose Hernandez, said his client “maintains her innocence.”

Castorena, Hernandez’ ex-girlfriend, was arrested three days after Hernandez’ body was found outside his apartment in Park Township near Holland.

“Remember the charge here is lying to a peace officer. She is not being charged with murder. She is not being charged with accessory to murder; no capitol offense,” attorney Robert Alvarez said.

Authorities say Castorena lied to them about a vehicle that may have been at the scene of the crime and about where she was when her ex was killed.

Castorena was originally being held in the Ottawa County Jail on a $1 million bond. That was reduced to $75,000 after a second person was arrested in connection to the Hernandez homicide.

Her attorney said he believes the “lying to a peace officer” charge creates an open season on anyone who talks to investigators if they slip up.

“In this case all our cooperation has ceased on behalf of the family of Ms. Castorena, who had before been more than willing to be interviewed and to give information to police in conducting their investigation,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez said that when Castorena was questioned by police, she had just found out one of her best friends had been killed and was dealing with a medical issue.

“That anyone could be at a state of mind to accurately repeat a story or repeat the facts of any given incident, I can’t imagine,” Alvarez said.

The second suspect, 19-year-old Anthony Delagarza, was arrested last week and also charged with lying to a peace officer. Authorities said Delagarza was an “acquaintance” of Castorena.

A Grand Rapids medical examiner who conducted an autopsy on Hernandez’ body said he died from multiple blunt force trauma to the head.

Delargarza is being held at the Ottawa County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

No one has yet been charged with murder in Hernandez’ death.

Jose Hernandez. (2012 photo courtesy his family)
Jose Hernandez. (2012 photo courtesy his family)
Anthony Alfredo Delagarza. (January 2014)
Anthony Alfredo Delagarza. (January 2014)


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