‘I saw it all’: More eyewitness testimony in trial of man accused in brutal murder

Another eyewitness took the stand on Friday in the trial of a man accused of brutally murdering a woman in 2020.

Rafael Castillo is facing a murder charge in the death of Nicole Perry.

Perry’s body was found in November 2020 off South W.W. White Road by Bexar County Public Works employees.

Vanessa Vargas, who is currently in jail, testified Friday that she was in the same room the day Perry was killed.

Vargas and four others, including Perry and Castillo, were staying in a small room at the back of a property in the 300 block of West Harlan Avenue.

Vargas said she had just walked into the room when she saw Perry’s hands tied up, and then Castillo allegedly attacked her.

“I saw it all,” Vargas said. “He ended it with putting an ax to her skull.”

She said that Castillo forced her to help Perry’s boyfriend clean up afterward.

“I was beyond scared,” Vargas said.

Her testimony later came in question when Vargas said she never touched Castillo’s gun, but another witness to take the stand, Maggie Vela, claimed Vargas told her she held the weapon and was forced to point it at Perry’s boyfriend’s head.

“I didn’t think she was going to tell me that because I didn’t ask,” Vela said.

Vela lived in the main house on the same property where the murder took place. She said she didn’t witness Perry’s murder but saw Castillo the same night with blood on his shoes.

“He at first said it was Kool-aid and then ketchup,” Vela said.

Castillo’s trial will continue on Monday, and the jury is expected to deliberate next week.


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