Ariel Castro: Accused Cleveland kidnapper found competent to stand trial

Ariel Castro, 52, sits with his head down between his attorneys Jaye Schlachet (R) and Craig Weintraub (L) during his pre-trial hearing on charges including rape, kidnapping and murder in Cleveland. Credit: Reuters
Ariel Castro, 52, sits with his head down between his attorneys Jaye Schlachet (R) and Craig Weintraub (L) during his pre-trial hearing on charges including rape, kidnapping and murder in Cleveland.
Credit: Reuters

Accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro has been found competent to stand trial on rape and murder charges, a judge said at a hearing Wednesday.

Castro has been accused of kidnapping three women and holding them prisoner for about a decade in his Cleveland home. He has pleaded not guilty, and his trial date has been set for August 5.

Cleveland Judge Michael Russo has denied as “inappropriate” Castro’s request for visits from his 6-year-old daughter, who was born while his mother was allegedly in captivity in Castro’s house.

 


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