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San Jose Police Press Release 12/22/11
San Jose Police Homicide detectives have arrested a suspect in the murder of Valerie Calderon Casillas. Casillas, who was reported missing on October 2nd, was found shot to death in a remote area near Sierra Rd. and Skyview Dr. in East San Jose on October 5th.
San Jose Police Homicide Unit investigators have identified Marcus Casillas, the victim’s husband, as the suspect. Marcus Casillas has been in custody for a probation violation since October 3rd, 2011. On Wednesday, December 21st, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office filed homicide charges against Marcus Casillas. On Thursday, December 22nd, homicide detectives amended Marcus Casillas’s booking charges to include the homicide charge.
San Jose Police Homicide Investigators have been working the case continuously since the date of the crime. Through multiple interviews and an examination of evidence, investigators were able to identify Marcus Casillas as the prime suspect in the homicide. The investigation also revealed that the weapon that was used to murder Valerie Casillas, was the same exact weapon brandished at San Jose Police METRO Officer Lee Tassio on December15th, which resulted in an officer-involved shooting. In that incident, Suspect Valente Galindo pointed the weapon at Officer Tassio, prompting the officer to fire in self defense. Suspect Galindo later died as a result of injuries sustained in the shooting. Homicide detectives recovered the weapon, a semiautomatic pistol, at the scene of the officer involved shooting in the 2100 block of Inman Way. Ballistics tests have linked the weapon to Valerie Casillas’s murder.
The motive behind the murder of Valerie Casillas appears to be domestic violence related.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Stewart Davies or Detective Jaime Jimenez of the San Jose Police Department’s homicide unit at (408) 277-5283.