Police: Portland man admits to murdering wife in argument over infidelity

Jose Castano (Courtesy: Sumner County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man was arrested for the murder of his wife Tuesday after police say he called authorities and admitted to the crime.

In a press release, police said they responded to a home on Hollands Way just after 12 p.m. on Tuesday after receiving a call that a man killed his wife.

Jose Castano, 55, was reportedly found on the back patio of the home and taken into custody without incident.

His wife, Jacqueline Castano, 49, was then found dead in the master bedroom.

Jacqueline Castano (Courtesy: Sumner County Schools)

Police said a gun suspected of being used in the homicide was also recovered.

A press release states Castano admitted to killing his wife after an argument about infidelity. He was taken to the Sumner County jail and charged with first-degree murder.

News 2 obtained the 911 call Castano made. Below is a portion of that call’s transcript.

Dispatcher: What’s going on?

Castano: I shot my wife.

Dispatcher: You shot your wife? How old is she?

Castano: 49.

Dispatcher: Alright. Is she breathing?

Castano: No, ma’am.

Dispatcher: Do you want to attempt CPR?

Castano: I know how to do that, but it’s too late.

Dispatcher: Where is the weapon now?

Castano: It’s on my dresser. I will be standing outside when they arrive. Would it be okay to have a bottle of water with me, or should I not?

Dispatcher: I would advise not.

Later in the call, Castano tells the dispatcher through tears that he and his wife have been fighting over alleged affairs.

The dispatcher later tells him she wants to make sure he doesn’t hurt himself or anyone else, and he says while apparently crying, “It doesn’t matter. I’ve lost everything.”

Toward the end of the nearly 9-minute call, Castano tells the dispatcher he’s sitting on the back porch waiting for officers, who arrive just moments later while 911 is still on the phone. The officer can be heard asking if anyone else is inside the home, and Castano replies, “Just my wife,” before telling the dispatcher he is hanging up and letting the officer know he will put his phone in his pocket.

This is the city’s first and only murder of 2017.

News 2 learned Jacqueline Castano was a teacher at Madison Creek Elementary School in Goodlettsville. The school’s PTO released the following statement on Facebook:

Words of comfort and reassurance are difficult to find this evening, as I write to inform our school family of a tragic loss. MCE’s beloved CDC teacher, Jacque Castano, lost her life Tuesday at her home in Portland. The staff and I would appreciate your prayers during this difficult time, especially on behalf of those who knew Jacque best–her own children, her students, and their families.

Mrs. Castano and I talked occasionally about her faith. Like me, perhaps our school community can find some comfort in knowing that Jacque is resting peacefully. That which was intended for harm has ultimately resulted in Mrs. Jacque’s eternal good.

Final arrangements will be shared as those details become available.