Man Found Guilty of Killing His Child's Mother

By: KKTV
By: KKTV
Salvator Esquivel-Castillo, 37, has been found guilty of first degree murder in the killing of Jaclyn Funderburg in July of 2007.  Her body was found 11 days after she disappeared.

Salvator Esquivel-Castillo, 37, is accused of killing Jaclyn Funderburg in July of 2007. Her body was found 11 days after she disappeared.

Salvator Esquivel-Castillo, 37, has been found guilty of first degree murder in the killing of Jaclyn Funderburg in July of 2007. Her body was found 11 days after she disappeared.

He was also found guilty of murder.

Jaclyn's father, Jerry Funderburg, told 11 News that he's relieved. "It doesn't bring my daughter back, but to know he's off the street and he can't hurt anyone again is good. I feel closure and I feel like I'm healing, although I'll never completly heal. This isn't something that you can heal over."

Jurors began deliberating the case Friday at noon after a one month long trial. They were forced to decide whether the 22-year-old woman died of a drug overdose or if Esquivel-Castilllo killed his former girlfriend, and mother of their child.

When Esquivel-Castillo took the stand he claimed Funderburg died of a methamphetamine overdose. Prosecutors argue Esquivel-Castillo made up the drug story just five days before he went to trial.

Sentencing is planned for June 19 at 9 a.m.


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  • by girlflowerpower Location: springs on May 5, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    I thank God that this jury found justice for are family,we waited a long time for this....And for jose...if you don't know the whole story,please feel free NOT TO COMMENT....What is your race!!!!!
  • by Jose Location: Springs on May 4, 2009 at 06:20 PM
    Wow great idea, date an illegal and have his kid! She was a good looking girl, people need to get some self esteem...she could have found a non-criminal to have her.
  • by Bev Location: Colorado Springs on May 4, 2009 at 04:36 PM
    Justice for Jaclyn -- finally! I am so glad to see this murderous piece of garbage get what was coming to him. May you now be able to rest in peace, dear Jaclyn. So many people you don't even know were watching this case and hoping justice would be served!
  • by Friend on May 4, 2009 at 03:42 PM
    It's been far too long. RIP Jac.
  • by John Location: Fountain on May 4, 2009 at 03:31 PM
    This would be a great use of the death penalty. I hope this guy burns in hell for what he did. On top of all that, the coward tried to run back to Mexico after the murder. He deserves what he gets.
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