A woman was killed after her husband stabbed her repeatedly during a Bible study session at a relative’s home in St. Paul, Minnesota, local authorities said.
Saint Paul Police Department officers were called to the residence at approximately 9 p.m. on Tuesday for a reported stabbing. When officers arrived, multiple people were holding a man, and a woman was “suffering from apparent stab wounds to her upper body,” police said in a news release.
The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police later identified the victim as Corrina Woodhull, a 41-year-old woman who lived in St. Paul.
Police confirmed that Robert Castillo, 40, was arrested on suspicion of murder and was booked into jail.
While he was being taken to jail, Castillo asked an officer “Is she going to be okay?” police said in charging documents provided to USA TODAY.
Castillo’s sister hosts a weekly Bible study at her home, the charging documents said.
Woodhull and Castillo sat together on a couch in the home during the weekly session, and Castillo held his wife’s hand, kissed her, according to the documents. He whispered something to her, and the woman shook her head no before the man stabbed her multiple times. Others at the gathering held Castillo down until police arrived at the home.
Another person who was present for the bible study said they provided aid to Woodhull after she was stabbed, and she said “Don’t let me die.”
Castillo told officials the couple had been married for several years.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled Woodhull’s death as a homicide.
She worked for Juel Fairbanks Recovery Services, a treatment facility for substance use disorders. The facility declined to comment to USA TODAY.
The facility on Facebook shared that she “had so much light and she spread that light and positivity each and every day to our clients and staff.”
Castillo has previous felony convictions for assault. He used a hammer to attack a woman he had a relationship with and stabbed a roommate, officials said in the charging documents.
Castillo appeared in custody on Thursday, and his bail was set at $5 million, the Office of the Ramsey County Attorney confirmed to USA TODAY. It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.
If you are in immediate danger from domestic violence, call 911. For anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or text START to 88788.