Cleveland Kidnapping Suspect Found Competent To Stand Trial

By: CBS/AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: CBS/AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

(CBS/AP) CLEVELAND - Ariel Castro, a man charged with holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade and raping them, has been found competent to stand trial.

A Cuyahoga County judge said during a hearing Wednesday that an examination found that the 52-year-old Castro is mentally able to understand the charges and assist attorneys in his defense.

Castro has pleaded not guilty to a 329 count indictment that includes multiple kidnapping and rape charges. He's being held on an $8 million bond.

Authorities accuse him of kidnapping the women between 2002 and 2004 when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old.

A trial is scheduled for Aug. 5, but the judge said it could be delayed.


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