Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ariel Castro pleads not guilty to charges including aggravated murder of unborn children

Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapping suspect, pleaded not guilty to 977 criminal counts, including two charges of aggravated murder for killing unborn children by beating one of his victims until she miscarried.

The new indictment includes charges from a previous 329-count indictment against Castro, to which he pleaded not guilty. Craig Weintraub, one of Castro's attorneys, has said there are some charges against Castro that cannot be refuted and that a plea deal can be reached if Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty does not seek the death penalty.

The two charges that could call for the death penalty are for aggravated murder. They stem from accusations that Castro beat and tortured one of the three women into suffering a miscarriage.