Accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro plans to plead not guilty, lawyer says

Ariel Castro, 52, is shown in this Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office booking photo  Credit: Reuters
Ariel Castro, 52, is accused of holding three women captive for a decade.
Credit: Reuters

The man charged with holding three women captive and raping them over about a decade in his Cleveland home plans to plead not guilty to all charges, his attorney said on Wednesday.

The suspect, Ariel Castro, is on suicide watch in jail, said the attorney, Jaye Schlachet, in a phone interview.

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 6-year old girl that Castro fathered with Berry during her captivity — escaped from his home in a working class section of Cleveland.



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