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DNA links Castro to 6-year-old born in captivity
Other noon headlines: Attorneys question links between Castro and 1981 murder; Record-breaking new Cedar Point roller coaster


 
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  • Attorneys question links between Ariel Castro and 1981 murder
  • New Cedar Point ride breaks records for winged coasters
  • DNA links Castro to 6-year-old born in captivity
    DNA tests have confirmed that Ariel Castro is the father of a child born to a woman he allegedly held captive for a decade in his Cleveland home. The tests were conducted by Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Castro’s DNA was also tested against evidence from unsolved Ohio murders, but there were no matches. 
    The FBI is currently running tests to see if his DNA matches any unsolved national cases.
    Castro has been charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape for allegedly holding three women and the child captive for ten-years. The women escaped on Monday. Police reports say Castro kept the women chained, and repeatedly beat and raped them.
    But the reports also say he beat the women while they were pregnant to induce several miscarriages. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office intends to use this evidence to possibly pursue the death penalty against Castro.


    Attorneys question links between Castro and 1981 murder
    Attorneys for a man who's been in prison for 30 years say they're now wondering if Ariel Castro is somehow connected to their client's case.
    The Plain Dealer reports that Orlando "Chico" Morales was convicted for the 1981 kidnapping, rape and murder of 14-year-old Tammy Seals. She disappeared while delivering newspapers and her body was found four months later.
    Lawyers from the Ohio Public Defender's Wrongful Conviction Project say Morales was wrongfully convicted, and that there are similarities between his case and the charges against Castro.
    Morales' attorneys say no physical evidence ties their client to the crime, and that the suspect was reportedly driving a car despite the fact that Morales couldn't drive.
    The Plain Dealer reported in 1985 that jurors based their conviction on the word of a jailhouse snitch who later changed his story. Another witness later admitted to lying for reward money. 

    New Cedar Point roller coaster
    Cedar Point is getting a new, $30 million roller coaster this weekend, and park officials say it's set world records for the tallest drop, longest track and most inversions of any winged rollercoaster.
    The GateKeeper is designed to mimic flight on a two-minute ride that travels at speeds of up to 67 mph.
    On a winged coaster, riders sit on either side of the track with nothing above their heads or below their feet.
    Two of the park's old rides, Disaster Transport and the Space Spiral, were taken down to make way for GateKeeper.
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