Castor remains 'defiant'

CNY's infamous antifreeze killer profiled on ABC-TV's 20/20:

Husband-killer Stacey Castor brought Central New York some unwanted national publicity Friday night April 24, when ABC-TV's 20/20 profiled her recent case and conviction.

An Onondaga County Court jury of two men and 10 womenpronounced her guilty on Feb. 5 of fatally dosing her second husband, 48-year-old David Castor, with antifreeze in August 2005 at the couple's home in the town of Clay.

One of the spectators in the downtown courtroom for the verdict was former WTVH-TV anchorman David Muir, now a hotshot reporter for ABC.

Jurors found that Stacey Castor had both the opportunity and motive to poison at least one (and probably two) husbands with antifreeze. She wanted their money. She wanted them out of her life. When she also dosed her daughter two years after David died, it was to pin the murder rap(s) on someone other than herself.

In assessing his interviews with the "black widow," Muir said, even in the face of overwhelming circumstantial evidence, Castor continued to proclaim her innocence. "She remained defiant 'til the end," he told a reporter.

She told Muir the guilty verdict was "unbelievable."

"I was in shock. I couldn't believe that, you know...I had been found guilty. We had been preparing for the fact that that could happen," Castor told Muir. "From day one we've talked about it, and...just hearing it, knowing that that had happened, was kind of unbelievable."

District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick took issues with Castor's assertion that she and her lawyers were prepared for a guilty verdict. The DA, whose office has been monitoring all of Castor's jailhouse communications since her arrest, said she was so confident of an acquittal that she and her boyfriend were planning a post-trial vacation.

Castor appeared in Onondaga County Court a day before the two-hour 20/20 documentary. Transported to Syracuse from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility downstate, Castor didn't realize why she was due back here until she arrived, said her attorney, Charles Keller.

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