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Two charged in stomping death of Daly City man

DALY CITY — A pair of Peninsula men are facing murder charges in the stomping death of a third man in Daly City over the weekend, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.
On Tuesday, John D. Henderson of Daly City and Nick A. Robbins of Pacifica, both 34, were each charged with a single count of murder, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

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Wagstaffe said Henderson and Robbins went to 33-year-old Mario Castellino’s home on the 800 block of Bellevue Avenue around 7 p.m. Saturday to confront him about a rental car he had taken from Henderson.
The encounter turned violent at some point, and the duo allegedly beat and stomped Castellino. Daly City officers arrived to find Castellino suffering from serious head injuries. A tread pattern was on his forehead and around his eye sockets, Wagstaffe said.
“This was just old-fashioned anger,” he added.

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Castellino was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Wagstaffe said another person who lives at the home identified Henderson and Robbins as Castellino’s assailants. And there was video surveillance footage of Henderson’s plumbing van, which bears his name, parked in front of Castellino’s residence.
Officers arrested the duo Sunday.
Henderson and Castellino worked together at his business and lived within walking distance of one another, said Wagstaffe, adding that investigators are still working to determine if the deadly assault was fueled by something more than Castellino’s theft of the rental car.

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This is Henderson and Robbins’ first major brush with the law, Wagstaffe said. Of the two, only Robbins has any kind of criminal history — a years-old misdemeanor theft conviction.
Henderson and Robbins are both being held in San Mateo County jail on $10 million bail. They are scheduled to next appear in court June 4 for identification of counsel and entry of plea.
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