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Blood River: Episode Five

Executive Accused in Honduran Activist’s Killing Has a Different Story

David Castillo awaits trial for allegedly planning the murder of Berta Cáceres. He insists everything you think you know about the crime is wrong. 

People honor the late environmentalist Berta Cáceres with a religious ceremony on the Gualcarque River in Honduras on March 27, 2016.
People honor the late environmentalist Berta Cáceres with a religious ceremony on the Gualcarque River in Honduras on March 27, 2016.

Photographer: Orlando Sierra/AFP

In 2018, on the second anniversary of Berta Cáceres’ murder, David Castillo was standing at a gate at an airport in Honduras, getting ready to fly to Houston to see his wife and kids. But when they checked his ticket and passport, the attendants wouldn’t let him board.

“They told me, ‘Listen, Mr. Castillo, you’re not going to be able to travel today,’” Castillo remembers.