According to the station, Landaeta and the victim shared a 1-year-old daughter.
The victim’s father, Martin Castro, said he did not like Landaeta “from day one.”
“He’s been nothing but trouble since the day he came into her life,” he told KRON. “When she got pregnant by him, my heart dropped.”
In an interview with KGO, the victim’s grandmother, Danielle Gannon, alleged Landaeta is a “diagnosed schizophrenic on meds.”
“And he would use that as an excuse for his behavior,” she claimed, adding, “He drank excessively and you're not supposed to do that on those kind of medications.”
Family confirmed to the station that the victim had a restraining order against the suspect since April 2022 but said the pair continued to interact with each other.
KGO obtained Snapchat messages between the ex-couple that showed leading up to the deadly confrontation the two were in a fight and Karina Castro threatened to expose Landaeta’s sexual relationship with an underage girl.
On Nov. 20, a jury found Landaeta guilty and he was convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Castro, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office announced.
Landaeta faces up to life in prison.
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Martin Castro told Redwood City Pulse the verdict is "bittersweet."
He said, "I am hoping to get some closure and normalcy back to life, or at least try. It feels like weight was lifted from my shoulders."
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