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Accused Cleveland Kidnapper to enter plea

Ariel Castro, 52, is shown in this Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office booking photo taken on May 9, 2013. Castro, accused of kidnapping three young women and raping them during a decade of captivity in his house was on Thursday ordered held on $8 million bond in a Cleveland court, his head bowed and his face turned away from spectators.

Ariel Castro, 52, is shown in this Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office booking photo taken on May 9, 2013. Castro, accused of kidnapping three young women and raping them during a decade of captivity in his house was on Thursday ordered held on $8 million bond in a Cleveland court, his head bowed and his face turned away from spectators.

CLEVELAND — The man charged with holding three women captive and raping them during a decade in his Cleveland home plans to plead not guilty to criminal charges, one of his lawyers said on Wednesday.

The lawyer, Jaye Schlachet, said in a phone interview that the suspect, Ariel Castro, 52, is on suicide watch in Cuyahoga County jail in Ohio, but it was not clear whether Castro planned to go to trial.

Castro last week was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. The three women kidnapped, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight along with a six-year old girl that Castro fathered with Berry during her captivity, escaped from his home in a working class section of Cleveland.

The news that the three had been held for so long in such a populated neighborhood stunned the close-knit community. Two of the women were held in harsh conditions, restrained with chains and duct tape for long periods of time.

In an earlier interview with Cleveland's WKYC television, another of Castro's lawyers, Craig Weintraub, said his client was not a "monster."

"The initial portrayal by the media has been one of a 'monster' and that's not the impression that I got when I talked to him for three hours," Weintraub said. "I know that family members who have been interviewed by the media have expressed that as well."

Castro's brothers, 50-year-old Onil and 54-year-old Pedro, in an interview on Monday with CNN, described their brother as strange and aloof.

"I hope he rots in that jail," Onil said.

An Ohio prosecutor last week vowed to try to bring murder charges that could carry the death penalty against Ariel Castro.

Those charges would stem from forced miscarriages that police say were suffered by one of his victims. The initial police report on the case said that at least five times after impregnating Knight, Ariel Castro starved and beat her in the abdomen to induce miscarriages.

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jglass 1 year, 2 months ago

Why waste the money on him? Let him suffer punishments as severe as what he put those three girls under.

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alleebrin 1 year, 2 months ago

So a team of sleazy lawyers can collect a fee! Good chance he'll live longer than you!

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Sister_Ruby_Two 1 year, 2 months ago

Situations like this are why the "lynch mob" was invented.

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alleebrin 1 year, 2 months ago

How can anyone buy the proposition that the other two brothers had nothing to do with this abominable and despicable happening? Of course they had to have known what was going on!! The three should be hanged by their necks 'til DEAD!

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VSU 1 year, 2 months ago

Right! Ten years...how could they not know something was going on?

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 2 months ago

Did you mean to put the exclamation point after guilty or a question mark?

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MRKIA 1 year, 2 months ago

WHY IS HIS HEAD STILL ATTACHED TO HIS NECK? PUT HIM IN WITH THE OTHER INMATES AND THERE MAY BE NO NEED FOR A TRIAL.

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RedEric 1 year, 2 months ago

Tru dat! I thought the lady that was in the hospital longest said she was also beaten to force her to have sex with other men. If that is the case ther is more to come.

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Jus_lil_ole_me 1 year, 2 months ago

His lawyer said, "The initial portrayal by the media has been one of a 'monster' and that's not the impression that I got when I talked to him for three hours,"

No. Of course not. You're his lawyer. You should see him as a paycheck and a way to get national publicity.

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erock 1 year, 2 months ago

Plea my butt, go get a short rope!

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erock 1 year, 2 months ago

Plea my butt, go get a short rope! It's time for a necktie party

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Sister_Ruby_Two 1 year, 2 months ago

The Lynch Mob is what is needed in this instance. Clear as day. Swift public justice.

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