Jesse James "Buzz" Foster was reportedly arguing with his girlfriend in their apartment in the 2200 block of West Broadway in Anaheim early Thursday when she allegedly plunged a kitchen knife into his back. The 28-year-old man died several hours later at UCI Medical Center.
Corina Jo Castillo, 35, has since been charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for using a knife to do more than butter her live-in b.f.
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She could chill for 26 years to life in state prison if she is convicted. Castillo's bail was set at $3 million today, reports theOrange County Register
Meanwhile, Foster's family reportedly says it cannot afford the $8,000 required to ship his body home to Fort Collins, Colorado, for burial.
"We can't afford to go to California," Joey Foster, brother of the deceased, tells The Coloradoan. "We just don't know what to do next."
Victim advocates here told the Fosters the state will not pick up the tab because Jesse was a convicted felon who served five years of a 10-year sentence for drugs and car theft.
He had been out of prison for about two months, living on Social Security disability payments for a mental disability, before Castillo convinced him to move with her to California, according to Joey Foster.
The Orange County District Attorney's Office statement on the charges against Castillo follows:
June 18, 2010
WOMAN CHARGED WITH STABBING-MURDER OF LIVE-IN BOYFRIEND
SANTA ANA - A woman has been charged with stabbing and murdering her live-in boyfriend after an argument in their Anaheim apartment. Corina Jo Castillo, 35, Anaheim, is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison. The People will be requesting $3 million bail at Castillo's arraignment Monday, June 21, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
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Shortly after midnight on June 17, 2010, Castillo is accused of getting into an argument with her live-in boyfriend, 28-year-old Jesse Foster. The defendant and the victim shared an apartment in Anaheim in a complex at 2215 West Broadway. Castillo is accused of using a kitchen knife to stab the victim one time in the back.
Foster escaped from the apartment and ran down a flight of stairs before collapsing. Castillo is accused of following him out of the apartment and fleeing the scene. Neighbors called 911 after hearing the commotion in the hallway and finding Foster.
The victim was transported to the hospital and died shortly thereafter. Castillo was found at a friend's house in Tustin later that day and was arrested by Anaheim police.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.