Police: Janesville murder suspect confessed to fellow inmate

By Jim Hagerty

JANESVILLE, Wis. — A man charged with murder confessed to the crime while in custody in another state, according to police.

Julian Collazo, 21, is accused of killing 43-year-old Christine Scaccia-Lubeck last weekend.

Police say while in custody in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Collazo told another inmate that he killed a woman and stole items from her house, things he allegedly described to a woman he picked up after the crime.

Scaccia-Lubeck was found dead Saturday afternoon inside her Janesville home at 426 River St. She had been stabbed 33 times.

It is believed Collazo, a known gang member, and Scaccia-Lubeck met at a local bar and were briefly involved romantically. Authorities say they made that connection based on text messages between Scaccia-Lubeck and her sister. 

The sister said at around 7 p.m., Friday, Scaccia-Lubeck sent her a text saying she had a friend over. A few minutes later, Scaccia-Lubeck texted, “OMG. Just found out he is 21.” That was the last anyone heard from her.

Scaccia-Lubeck’s mother found her body near a trail of blood that led from the bathroom into a hallway. Her car was missing from the garage.

Collazo allegedly fled the scene in the vehicle and picked up 23-year-old Nicole R. Kazar at a nearby gas station. Kazar, believed to be a prostitute, told police she met Collazo a few days earlier at a Janesville motel. She said he called her “either Thursday or Friday” and said to meet him at the gas station and that he had a car and money.

Kazar said that while driving to Beloit, Collazo said he killed a woman and stole her car. He also took a laptop, video game console, handgun, iPad, beer, Kindle tablets and debit cards. The two left Beloit the next morning and discussed driving to Mississippi or Texas. They were arrested in Missouri Saturday night.

Police say Collazo told the fellow inmate he stabbed a woman in the bathroom and that she tried to retrieve a handgun from her bedroom but collapsed. Collazo said he stole $3,000 and various items from the home.

Collazo and Kazar will be extradited to Wisconsin in the next few days. They’ve both been charged with first-degree murder. R.

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