Castro indicted on 977 counts, including aggravated murder - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Cleveland kidnapping suspect, Ariel Castro indicted on 977 counts, including agg. murder

Ariel Castro Ariel Castro

A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury has issued a 977-count indictment against suspected kidnapper Ariel Castro.

The indictment covers the entire time period from August 2002, when the first of the three women disappeared, until May of this year. The original indictment covered only the first four and a half years of the women's captivity.

On Thursday, a County Prosecutor Committee met to discuss whether Ariel Castro should get the death penalty. That still remains an option.

Castro had already been indicted on more than 300 charges. He's accused of holding three women hostage for years spanning more than a decade.

The charges include aggravated murder stemming from the death of an unborn child of one of the hostage's.

That victim says Castro forced her to lose multiple babies after she got pregnant.

19 Action News contacted Bruce Hennes with Hennes-Paynter, who represents Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, he said:  "We are not making any statements concerning today's events."

Castro's attorneys released the statement below on the indictment:

The first indictment only contained charges through early 2007 so we expected additional charges from a grand jury. We are pleased that we were able to convince the prosecutor's office to not seek and obtain the death penalty in this new indictment. It is our hope that we can continue to work toward a resolution of this matter so that the women do not have to endure any additional trauma. 

Craig Weintraub
Jaye Schlachet 

19 Action News reporter Ed Gallek tracked down Cuyahoga Co. Prosecutor Tim McGinty to ask if he'll seek the death penalty.

McGinty said his office will be meeting again in the next week. But he said he can't talk about specifics. Instead, he deflected questions by talking about other unrelated topics such as the Indians and whether he needs to lose ten pounds.

Copyright 2013 WOIO. All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • Better late than never? Library book returned 78 years later

    Better late than never? Library book returned 78 years later

    Thursday, September 21 2017 7:51 PM EDT2017-09-21 23:51:20 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 1:19 PM EDT2017-09-23 17:19:48 GMT

    A book borrowed nearly 80 years ago during the Great Depression has been returned to a Massachusetts public library.

    More >>

    A book borrowed nearly 80 years ago during the Great Depression has been returned to a Massachusetts public library.

    More >>
  • Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

    Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

    Friday, September 22 2017 5:16 PM EDT2017-09-22 21:16:26 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:38 PM EDT2017-09-23 16:38:13 GMT
    The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.More >>
    The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.More >>
  • Disputanta couple severely injured in house fire

    Disputanta couple severely injured in house fire

    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:04 PM EDT2017-09-23 16:04:42 GMT
    A couple is recovering in the hospital, after being seriously hurt in a house fire in Disputanta. Crews got the call around 1:45 a.m. Saturday. When they got to the home in the 13000 block of Arwood Road, the two residents were outside, after managing to escape the flames. Prince George Fire officials say the couple suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation, and were transported to VCU Medical Center. Firefighters say they were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. Investigators...More >>
    A couple is recovering in the hospital, after being seriously hurt in a house fire in Disputanta. Crews got the call around 1:45 a.m. Saturday. When they got to the home in the 13000 block of Arwood Road, the two residents were outside, after managing to escape the flames. Prince George Fire officials say the couple suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation, and were transported to VCU Medical Center. Firefighters say they were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. Investigators...More >>
Powered by Frankly