Ariel Castro to Plead Not Guilty in Cleveland Kidnappings

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The man accused of keeping three women in captivity for a decade will plead not guilty, his lawyer said, while raising concerns that he can receive a fair trial.

Ariel Castro Mug Shot

Craig Weintraub, who's representing Ariel Castro, 52, on rape and kidnapping charges, said the "fantastic notoriety" of the case is a disadvantage.

Castro's defense is mulling whether to ask that the trial be moved out of Cleveland, where he allegedly held the three victims in his home.

"Then that begs the question: 'Well, where can he get a fair trial under the circumstances?' This is a case with sensationalistic, international coverage."

Castro, 52, was arrested May 6 shortly after Amanda Berry kicked out part of a locked door of his house and yelled to neighbor Charles Ramsey for help.

Police quickly arrived and found Berry in the street holding a baby and then raced through the house, freeing Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

The women, now in their late 20s or early 30s, were admitted to a hospital but have been released. They remain in seclusion appealing for privacy.

The three disappeared between 2002 and 2004.

Castro has been jailed on $8 million bond.

Weintraub, interviewed in his law office in a skyscraper overlooking the county jail and courts building, said Castro is despondent in his bare-bones cell.

Some people say he has it too good in there.

"His day consists of remaining 24 hours a day in a room that is probably 9 (feet) by 9 that contains a metal bed, a very thin mattress that is covered in plastic," he said.

"It has a metal sink and what appears to be some sort of a mirror."

Compared to what Amanda, Gina and Michelle all went through, it's hard to see many people being sympathetic to Castro's lifestyle behind bars.


Fair trial? I thought the story was about this guy keeping these women captive for 10 years. Really? I can't believe this creep is concerned people will unjustifiably label him a monster. Where in the world would this be ok?


Ariel's depravity highlights the need to apprehend accused pedophiles like Sylvain Kustyan ASAP. Kustyan has been formally charged with two counts each of 1st Degree Sodomy and 1st Degree Sexual Abuse of a ten-year-old little boy. Kustyan, formerly of Tuscaloosa, AL and France, and a middle school teacher fled the US when an arrest became imminent. Kustyan is currently on the lam and is thought to be in Europe.


That is crazy as fuck that he had the people kiddnapped for that long and know one found them.

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