AP News Menu

Defense hints at no trial in Ohio kidnap-rape case
Written by THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 11:12

CLEVELAND (AP) — The defense for a man accused of holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade is hinting a trial can be avoided with a plea if he escapes the death penalty.

Defense attorney Craig Weintraub addressed the death penalty issue Wednesday after 52-year-old Ariel Castro pleaded not guilty to hundreds of charges, including rape and kidnapping.

Weintraub says the defense is working to avoid an "unnecessary trial" involving the death penalty. Current charges involving an alleged forced miscarriage don't include death penalty specifications, but the prosecutor says that's under review.

The prosecutor's office says it's reviewing the defense comments.

A statement on the behalf of the three women says the arraignment day was "not easy" and the women are hoping for a just and prompt resolution.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

 

Front Page Stories

Elmwood hires firm to design band room
04/15/2014 | MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
article thumbnail

File photo. Elmwood High School students fill the band room during practice. (Photo: J.D [ ... ]


Rossford to vote on ditching TARTA
04/15/2014 | DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer
article thumbnail

ROSSFORD - Barring any intervening legal action, Rossford residents will get a chance  [ ... ]


Other Front Page Articles