An English teacher charged in the shooting death of his wife began displaying strange behavior in the months leading up to the murder, his principal recalls.


 

 An English teacher charged in the shooting death of his wife began displaying strange behavior in the months leading up to the murder, his principal recalls.

John Kastner is charged in the June 25 death. He has pleaded not guilty.

It was about mid-December when Webster High School's principal started seeing some changes in Kastner.

Kastner began having over-the-top reactions to people and situations that irritated him. His stories about money he planned to donate began shifting. He announced he was probably going to be deaf within a year.

"At that point I thought 'too much drama, too much coincidence,' " Principal Phil Garland told the Tulsa World. "And his behavior to me started to indicate that something was different, too, in this. A lot of drama was happening, and a lot of stories were coming together.

"When I was open-minded before and skeptical, I became more skeptical and less open-minded. I had the possibility in my head that things were not being presented as they really were," he said.

Chief Public Defender Pete Silva said representatives from his office have interviewed Kastner but would not say what type of defense is being considered.

A police affidavit alleges a pattern of lying by Kastner, including that he was a member of the Israeli military, son of a wealthy inventor and connected to a large Israel-based nonprofit organization called the "713 Corporation," which does not exist.

The affidavit claims Kastner had convinced his wife to quit her job as a judicial assistant at the state Supreme Court to take a job at the nonprofit.

It alleges he bought a gun about a month before the shooting, test fired the weapon the day before the murder and had crime scene investigation literature in his home.

A preliminary hearing for Kastner is set for Aug. 25.

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Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.