Just days after he taped an interview for the “Dr. Phil” show, Mark Augustin Castellano of Texas confessed to killing his ex-girlfriend.
In the interview with the show’s host, Phil Mcgraw, Castellano, 37, insists he did not kill 31-year-old Michelle Warner. However, just two days after the taping, Castellano confessed to police that he had infact killed Warner in Houston and dumped her body hundreds of miles away in a ditch near an oil field in Midland County.
Castellano’s interview is scheduled to air on Thursday, and in previews for the episode McGraw specifically asks, “Did you kill her?”
To which Castellano responds, “No.”
Following his confession, Castellano was charged with murder and his bond was set at $150,000.
When he first spoke with police, Castellano said he and Warner, the mother of his 3-year-old son Cayden, got into a fight on September 22 and she left. He claimed he had no idea where she was, but when her family questioned him they grew suspicious and called police. Warner would never have left without contacting anyone, they claimed.
When he finally came clean, Castellano confessed to choking Warner, then snapping her neck while their son was in another room. He then put her in the closet with a plastic bag around her head and tied it at the neck.
He then drove to Odessa to visit his parents and leave his son in their care before driving back to Houston to dispose of Warner’s body. Castellano told police how he put her body in a plastic container and drove it back to his parents’ home in Odessa, where he left the container in a car in their driveway. Her body remained there for another day before Castellano drove out to Midland County and dumped her in a ditch. After being told where to find it, FBI agents and Odessa police were able to recover Warner’s body.
Warner and Castellano no longer had a romantic relationship at the time of the murder.
Cayden is now with Warner’s family in Houston.