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Rape, kidnapping suspect pleads not guilty

 
Rape, kidnapping suspect pleads not guilty
Posted Wednesday, June 12th 2013 @ 10am  by WTVN Newsroom

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WTVN) --As expected, Ariel Castro is pleading "not guilty" to the 329 count indictment handed down last Friday.

Castro was arraigned Wednesday on charges that he held three women captive in his home for a decade while raping them.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found at Castro's Seymour Avenue May 6th. He has been jailed on $8 million bond since his arrest last month.  

The 52-year-old Castro is charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape.

The murder charge involves Castro's allegedly starving and punching a pregnant woman in captivity until she miscarried.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury returned the indictment last week against the former Cleveland school bus driver, who was fired last fall.

After the arraignment, Jim Wooley, attorney for Berry and DeJesus, and speaking on behalf of the third survivor, Knight, issued a statement:  

"We understand the legal process needs to run its course.  That said, days like today are not easy.  We are hopeful for a just and prompt resolution.  We have great faith in the prosecutor’s office and the court."  



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