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Hundreds Of New Charges Filed In Ohio Kidnap Case

Ariel Castro

Ariel Castro sits with his defense attorneys Craig Weintraub (left) and Jaye Schlachet during Wednesday's hearing, at which he was found mentally competent to stand trial. (Jason Miller/AP)

A Cleveland man has been indicted on hundreds of additional charges related to accusations that he held three women captive in his home for a decade and raped them.

A 977-count indictment filed Friday against Ariel Castro includes aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape charges. The murder charge involves accusations that Castro starved and punched one of the women while she was pregnant until she miscarried.

Cuyahoga  County Prosecutor Tim McGinty says his office has yet to decide whether to make the case eligible for a death sentence.

The 53-year-old Castro, a former school bus driver, pleaded not guilty to an earlier indictment containing 329 charges.

Categories: Criminal Justice