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More charges likely coming for the accused Cleveland kidnapper
Cuyahoga prosecutor says grand jury will meet next week in the case against Ariel Castro
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE
and GRACE MURRAY


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Ariel Castro faces more than 300 charges of rape, kidnapping, assault and murder. More charges may be coming as early as next week.
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Ariel Castro already faces more than 300 charges, and formally learned this morning that more are likely on their way.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty laid that out at the first pre-trial hearing for the 52-year-old Castro, who's accused of holding three women captive for a decade in his West Side Cleveland home.

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“We are presenting additional evidence to the grand jury next week, and the week after. We expect that we are going to request further indictments to cover the additional period.”

The charges Castro already faces cover only the period from August of 2002 through February 2007, when he’s accused of kidnapping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight and locking them in his home. Berry escaped with the help of neighbors last month, and police then found the other women.

Castro’s accused of kidnapping, rape and sexual assault. The charges against him after 2005 could include specifications that he’s a violent sexual predator.

He’s also accused of two counts of aggravated murder for allegedly forcing one of the women to miscarry, and McGinty has said he may pursue the death penalty. 

The pre-trial hearing in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Russo's court also addressed questions of how prosecutors will provide evidence to defense attorneys, including a video statement by Castro and a journal.   

Listener Comments:

I was a juror in the Halder case.
And the prosecution wanted the death penalty then as well.
We chose life in prison instead.

When a person gets the death sentence they can be free while they are waiting for their case to be heard.
What good is the death penalty?
It's because even the justice system is not sure they are doing it right!


Posted by: MARK PICHLER (Cleveland, Ohio) on June 19, 2013 12:06PM
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