Castro indicted on 329 counts - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Ariel Castro indicted on hundreds of rape and kidnapping charges

On Friday, June 7, a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury returned a 329-count indictment against Ariel Castro, County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today.

He was in court on initial charges of rape and kidnapping on May 9, and had his case bound over to a Grand Jury.

Multiple sources say secret Grand Jury proceedings in the Castro case began last week.

He has been in the Cuyahoga County Jail since his arrest on May 6. He was charged on May 8.

Castro, 52, the man accused of kidnapping three women, holding them captive and sexually abusing them for about ten years in his Cleveland home on Seymour Avenue.

The indictments cover only the period from August of 2002, when the first of the three women discovered in his Seymour Avenue house last month disappeared, until February of 2007.

Castro was indicted for one act of aggravated murder – for purposely and with prior calculation and design causing the unlawful termination of another's pregnancy, as covered by Sections 2903.01(A) and (B) of the Ohio Revised Code. 

He was also indicted on 139 counts of rape, 177 counts of kidnapping, seven counts of gross sexual imposition, three counts of felonious assault and one count of possession of criminal tools.

He will be arraigned on those charges next week, and a trial judge will be assigned at that time.

"Today's indictments represent a first major step in the criminal justice process,'' said McGinty. "Our investigation continues, and we will present our findings to the grand jury.''

When the indictment process is complete, the County Prosecutor's Capital Review Committee will consider whether this case is appropriate to attach a death penalty specification. 

Click here to read the entire indictment.

 Copyright 2013 WOIO. All rights reserved.

  • NewsNewsMore>>

  • Orange Crush weekend leaves Tybee Island with clean beaches

    Orange Crush weekend leaves Tybee Island with clean beaches

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:45 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:45:02 GMT
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)

    Crowds from different cities and states gathered this Orange Crush weekend on Tybee. The weekend-long celebrations and the Tybee alcohol ban wrapped up on Sunday.  "We were all having fun," said James Dennis. "A bunch of people came down. Brothers and sisters. Just having a good time." It's also an event that gives locals a bittersweet feeling, mostly because of past incidents that resulted in arrests, shootings, litter complaints and underage drinking. Tybe...

    More >>

    Crowds from different cities and states gathered this Orange Crush weekend on Tybee. The weekend-long celebrations and the Tybee alcohol ban wrapped up on Sunday.  "We were all having fun," said James Dennis. "A bunch of people came down. Brothers and sisters. Just having a good time." It's also an event that gives locals a bittersweet feeling, mostly because of past incidents that resulted in arrests, shootings, litter complaints and underage drinking. Tybe...

    More >>
  • Charity walk supports efforts to plant and restore land

    Charity walk supports efforts to plant and restore land

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:53 PM EDT2018-04-22 21:53:39 GMT
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    The BAPS charity walk to support The Nature Conservancy's efforts to plant and restore land was held on Sunday in Forsyth Park.  The group hopes to restore up to 1.6 million acres of land by 2025, planing to do that by planting one billion trees through their Plant a Billion Tree initiative. Their efforts are something that could help national landmarks right here in Georgia. "Helps iconic sights in Georgia like the Okefenokee, the Altamaha River, the Chattahooch...More >>
    The BAPS charity walk to support The Nature Conservancy's efforts to plant and restore land was held on Sunday in Forsyth Park.  The group hopes to restore up to 1.6 million acres of land by 2025, planing to do that by planting one billion trees through their Plant a Billion Tree initiative. Their efforts are something that could help national landmarks right here in Georgia. "Helps iconic sights in Georgia like the Okefenokee, the Altamaha River, the Chattahooch...More >>
  • May Institute hosts family day to raise awareness for autism month

    May Institute hosts family day to raise awareness for autism month

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:39 PM EDT2018-04-22 21:39:23 GMT
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    April is autism awareness month and the May Institute put together an Autisim Awareness Family Day to help raise visibility. The fun-filled day was held at the Coastal Cathedral on Berwick Boulevard. According to Autism Speaks, autism affects 1 in every 68 children. It is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S. Boys are actually 5 times more likely to have Autism than girls. There is no medical detection or cure for Autism. "Today is all about bring...More >>
    April is autism awareness month and the May Institute put together an Autisim Awareness Family Day to help raise visibility. The fun-filled day was held at the Coastal Cathedral on Berwick Boulevard. According to Autism Speaks, autism affects 1 in every 68 children. It is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S. Boys are actually 5 times more likely to have Autism than girls. There is no medical detection or cure for Autism. "Today is all about bring...More >>
Powered by Frankly