Jurors speak out in the Dellia Castile trial; neighbors still search for closure

A South Bend grandmother is facing up to 90 years in prison, and Thursday, jurors told WSBT why they found Dellia Castile guilty of neglect.

Castile is the South Bend grandmother convicted Wednesday of neglect, accused of not reporting abuse that happened in her home.

That abuse led to her grandson's death last year.

Castile's son, Terry Sturgis, is serving life in prison for beating his 10-year-old boy, Tramelle, to death. He also abused 2 of his other children inside that South Bend home where they all lived.

Jurors are still distraught and emotional after watching powerful testimony throughout the five-day trial.

One told us: "It's (the trial) something we'll never forget. When we started deliberation, it (the outcome) was fairly clear."

Another said: "This jury faced a very tough decision, but when the facts and evidence were weighed against the laws that applied, there could not have been any other possible outcome for this case."

Their guilty verdict, their conviction puts an end to a murder case that started almost a year ago.

"It’s hard to believe it’s been a year already, seems like it was yesterday," said Micah Caldwell, who works in the West Washington Street neighborhood where Tramelle lived.

A community was torn to pieces last November on this street when Tramelle was found beaten to death inside this home.

It's been a tough year for neighbors, but many say they're at rest knowing Castile and Sturgis are in prison.

"We'll never forget that morning," said Sharon Vaughn.

Vaughn can still vividly picture the day Tramelle died.

"They had the streets blocked off already,” she said. “I said wow…I learned it was the little guy Tramelle."

"That was your grandkids, Dellia, that was your son. These grandkids have a lot to live for" said Vaughn.

Tramelle's death shocked this neighborhood, but what shook them more was that their very own neighbor, Tramelle's father, was to blame.

"Everybody was horrified that something happened so close under everyone's nose and no one knew," Caldwell said.

But one person did know. 

"The grandmother knew he was being abused, she knew it," Vaughn said.

The abuse was talking place over a period of time in Castile's home.