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Son of federal judge in Puerto Rico charged with murdering his wife

Metropolitan Detention Center, the federal prison in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, the San Juan suburb where the son of a federal judge is accused of murdering his wife.
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(CBS/AP) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The son of a U.S. federal  judge in Puerto Rico was arrested Wednesday and charged with the first-degree murder of his wife, in a case that has been the subject of intense media coverage on the island all summer.

Pablo Casellas Toro is also charged with destroying evidence, making a false report and weapons violations stemming from the July 14 shooting death of his wife, Carmen Paredes Cintron, who was slain in their home in the wealthy San Juan suburb of Guaynabo.

Casellas, a 47-year-old insurance broker, did not enter a plea but has denied killing his wife, with whom he has two teenage daughters. A judge set a preliminary hearing for Sept. 18 and set bail at $4 million. Casellas paid the bail and was expected to be released from jail late Wednesday.

Casellas is the son of U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Casellas, a former Puerto Rico treasury secretary who was appointed to the federal bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.

Paredes, 46, was shot to death near the swimming pool of the family's home in an exclusive, gated community. Police have said that Casellas told investigators he came home from visiting his parents to find his wife dead and an unknown assailant jumping over a fence. He says he shot at the man but missed.

The newspaper El Nuevo Dia said he also claimed that he had been carjacked earlier in the day after visiting a shooting range and that the assailants stole one of his guns, including one that was the same caliber used to kill his wife.

  • Crimesider Staff

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