Chattanooga man convicted of murdering Atlanta gamer he met online

Jonathan Wesley Mansfield, 26, was found guilty of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and first-degree burglary.
Jonathan Wesley Mansfield, 26, was found guilty of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and first-degree burglary.

A Chattanooga man was convicted of breaking into an Atlanta man's home, stealing multiple video game consoles and murdering him in 2019, according to DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston's office.

Last week, jurors found Jonathan Wesley Mansfield, 26, guilty of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and first-degree burglary, according to a release from the DeKalb County district attorney.

German Castillo, 42, was killed inside his home in 2019. Mansfield claimed he acted in self-defense.

Castillo's husband told authorities the couple met Mansfield through online gaming, the release said. The couple paid for Mansfield's bus tickets on several occasions to travel from Chattanooga to Atlanta to spend weekends with them.

A few days before his murder, Castillo and Mansfield got into an argument, the release said, and Mansfield tried to pay himself thousands of dollars by making unauthorized charges on Castillo's debit card.

"The couple ended their friendship with defendant Mansfield after those transactions," the release said.

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Castillo called 911 just before 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1, 2019, to report two Xbox consoles missing and the back door of his home open, the release said. Castillo saw a bag that belonged to Mansfield in his living room.

He called 911 back a few minutes later to say he was unsure whether Mansfield was still in the home, but he considered Mansfield to be a threat, the release said.

Atlanta Police Department officers responded at 7:45 p.m. to Castillo's home on Hillburn Drive Southeast.

Officers found Castillo lying in a pool of blood underneath his carport, the release said.

"He had been stabbed several times and sustained blunt force trauma to his head," the release said.

There were several items missing from Castillo's home including his wallet, multiple gaming consoles, gaming accessories and other electronics, the release said. Castillo's black Toyota Corolla was also missing.

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The next day, investigators found Castillo's car abandoned in a Chattanooga alley, the release said. There was blood found on the car's steering wheel, hood and windshield.

Investigators were able to use cellphone data to track Mansfield's movements from Chattanooga to the crime scene and back, the release said.

Mansfield was arrested at a Tennessee hospital after he sought medical attention for multiple lacerations on his hand, the release said.

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Nora Polk, who presided over Mansfield's trial, is expected to schedule a sentencing hearing in the coming weeks.

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