Ariel Castro to Plead Not Guilty to Charges of Kidnapping & Raping Three Women
Ariel Castro, 52, who has been arrested as the suspect who kidnapped and held captive three young women in his Cleveland home for a decade, will plead not guilty if indicted on kidnapping and rape charges, according to the man's lawyer.
Attorney Craig Weintraub says that Castro is not a "monster" as he has been portrayed in the media, stating:
"The initial portrayal by the media has been one of a 'monster' and that's not the impression that I got when I talked to him for three hours. I know that family members who have been interviewed by the media have expressed that as well."
One of the women held in Castro's home on Seymour Avenue for 10 years, Amanda Berry, has a six-year-old daughter named Jocelyn by Castro. Attorney Jaye Schlachet notes:
"I can tell you that Mr. Castro is extremely committed to the well being and positive future for his daughter, who he loves dearly. And if people find that to be a disconnect from what he's alleged to have done, then the people will just have to deal with it. We just know how he feels about his little girl."
Two other women - Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight - were also rescued at the same time Amanda Berry escaped from Castro's home.
Weintraub says that Castro has not admitted to anything to his attorneys. A suicide note was reportedly found in Castro's home, in which he is said to have admitted to being a sexual predator and blamed his victims for getting into his car. Weintraub has refused to answer questions about how the women became captives inside Castro's home, stating "that fact will be disclosed as the case progresses. I am aware of how he came into contact with them."
Castro is currently being held in a Cuyahoga County jail on $8 million bond, and is on suicide watch.