Summary of Offense:
Castaneda was sentenced to death in San Bernardino County on January 9, 2000 for the March 30, 1998 murder of x-ray technician Colleen Kennedy, 40, of Fontana. Castaneda, was a native of El Monte who lived in Ontario when he was arrested. Kennedy, her hands bound with a shoelace behind her back and a tube sock stuffed in her mouth, was stabbed in the neck more than two dozen times with a Phillips screwdriver. Her carotid artery and jugular vein were severed.