Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

France's Plan to Tackle Racism

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Marine Le Pen and Thomas Piketty in Time magazine's power list; EU takes on Google; Gunter Grass dies (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Deadly Crossing: Migrants desperate to reach Europe; Abadi in Washington (part 1)

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Xenophobic attacks in South Africa: anti-violence marches and anti immigration protest

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

French PM outlines action plan against racism, anti-Semitism

Read more

REPORTERS

Turkey’s hidden Armenians search for stolen identity

Read more

REVISITED

Families of slain Marikana miners still demanding justice

Read more

#TECH 24

Europe vs. Google: EU accuses search giant of market dominance abuse

Read more

#THE 51%

Women in America: Land of the free, home to the less-paid

Read more

Americas

Ohio kidnapping suspect Castro to plead not guilty

© afp

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-05-15

Ariel Castro, the Ohio man accused of holding three young women captive for some 10 years in a house in Cleveland, will plead not guilty to charges of rape and kidnapping, one of his lawyers said on Wednesday.

The man accused of holding three young women captive for some 10 years in a house in Cleveland, Ohio, will plead not guilty to charges of rape and kidnapping, one of his lawyers said on Wednesday.

"There will be a plea of not guilty," attorney Jaye Schlachet told AFP.

He did not say on what grounds Ariel Castro would make the plea.

The case has shocked America, but Schlachet urged the public to refrain from making a rush to judgment.

"He's not a monster and he shouldn't be demonised by the media," he said.

The 52-year-old Castro, who is being held on an $8 million bond, has been charged with kidnapping and raping three women over period of ten years.

One of the women bore him a child while in captivity.

Prosecutors say they may also charge him with aggravated murder because at least one of the women miscarried during his beatings, a charge that could carry the death penalty.

Michelle Knight, 32, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Amanda Berry, 27, were freed on May 6 after a neighbour heard Berry call for help and kicked in the door to Castro's house in a working-class Cleveland neighborhood.

"All the evidence will be disclosed at the court proceedings," Schlachet said. "I would ask the community not to rush, to consider everything before expressing an opinion."

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

 

Date created : 2013-05-15

  • USA

    Ohio suspect fathered child born in captivity

    Read more

  • USA

    Ohio prosecutors may seek death penalty for Ariel Castro

    Read more

  • USA

    Chains and ropes found at Ohio kidnapping house

    Read more

COMMENT(S)