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February 21, 2014

Peabody man faces murder charge

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In that incident, Castano told her he had to go pick up a friend, then left to get into his car, according to a Salem police report. When she went out to follow him in her own car, he went back into the house.

The argument turned physical, and both accused each other of shoving. The woman said Castano slammed a door on her, possibly breaking her nose, according to the report.

The woman said Castano also tried to hit her with a picture frame that had fallen off the wall, but that she blocked it, leaving her with a cut on her hand.

Castano told police that he was simply leaving to avoid an argument, but she attacked him, and during the struggle, she fell, causing her injuries.

Castano’s son from a prior relationship was in the home at the time.

The Peabody apartment is in the Eaves Avalon complex, an older apartment development on Keys Drive, across from Northshore Mall. It used to be known as the Kross Keys Apartments.

The complex was guarded yesterday by a private security company that turned away visitors at the entrance. It has been the scene of countless police calls over the past several years, according to Peabody police logs and Salem News archives.

In November 2007, a resident there was charged with murder in the shaking death of her baby daughter. She was later convicted and is serving a 15- to 17-year prison term.

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