Man held in death of companion had record — (The Toledo Blade)

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The Toledo Blade

By CHRISTINA HALL

April 13, 2004

Toledo man accused of brutally killing his longtime companion has an extensive rap sheet, including a domestic violence case involving the victim, and he recently was released from the Monroe County jail, where he served time for a misdemeanor conviction.

James R. Campos, Sr., 41, of 325 Havre St., is charged with murder after police said he stabbed Guadalupe Linda Costilla, 40, multiple times with kitchen knives and bludgeoned her on the head. A Lucas County deputy coroner said Ms. Costilla suffered at least 16 stab wounds on her torso during the assault early Sunday inside the couple’s home.

Mr. Campos is being held in the Lucas County jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond after an arraignment yesterday in Toledo Municipal Court.

Detectives said he confessed to the crime. They are investigating a motive for the killing, Lt. Bill Moton said.

The murder occurred in the couple’s bedroom after the two were involved in an argument.

“I’ll greatly miss her, and I’m truly sorry for what he did to her,” said Mr. Campos’ nephew, who declined to be identified.

He said there probably isn’t a reason for his uncle to kill Ms. Costilla.

However, there are ideas on why the slaying occurred. One, he said, is Mr. Campos thought Ms. Costilla was cheating on him. But Mr. Campos’ nephew dispels the idea.

“There was no other man for her but my Uncle James,” he said.

The couple had been together for more than 20 years and have three grown children and a grandchild. The children were home when the assault occurred.

Mr. Campos’ nephew said Ms. Costilla, whom he considered his aunt, was a quiet, caring person.

“It breaks my heart to hear how she went. She didn’t deserve it,” he said, adding that he and his family want to know why she was killed.

Last month, Mr. Campos was sentenced in First District Court in Monroe on a misdemeanor retail fraud charge from October. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail with credit for eight days served, a court spokesman said.

More than two years ago, he was charged with domestic violence against Ms. Costilla. He hit her on the left side of her head with his open hand in December, 2001, according to Toledo Municipal Court records.

He has numerous traffic and misdemeanor convictions, including petty theft, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest, according to the records.

The records also indicate Mr. Campos doesn’t have a job and only completed 10 years of school, last attending Libbey High School. He has heart and nerve ailments; psychiatric, drug, and alcohol problems, and is taking Prozac.