May 10th, 2013
07:51 AM ET

Cleveland suspect could face murder counts

First came the pain - a decade of torture, torment and terror for three captive women and one of their young daughters.

Now comes the prosecution and - if there's a conviction - punishment for the man accused of being responsible for their hell.

Ariel Castro appeared silently in court Thursday, his head down, as he was arraigned on four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape, accused of holding the women captive in his Cleveland home. Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Lauren Moore ordered Castro held on $8 million bond - $2 million for each of the three women and the child born to Amanda Berry before they were freed Monday evening.

Hours later, the top prosecutor in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, announced he'd press for more charges - "for each and every act of sexual violence ... each day of kidnapping, every felonious assault (and) all his attempted murders."

Furthermore, Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said he'd try to persuade a grand jury to indict the 52-year-old Castro for "aggravated murder" for the termination of his captives' pregnancies. He cited a state law that a person can be charged with murder - a conviction that could lead to the death penalty in Ohio - for killing unborn children.

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  1. Geanette

    Why won't my son wish me a Happy Mother's Day? He is how you say, a loser.

    May 12, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Geanette

    His brother wish me Happy Mother's day, his sister wish me Happy Mother's Day, but Jeffrey? Non. He is like lone wolf.

    May 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Gunmen opened fire on dozens of people marching in a Mother's Day second-line parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 17 people, police said.

    May 12, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    I told you yesterday @ Mary!

    May 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    No news? State Department? Mother's Day in NO?

    May 13, 2013 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©


    May 13, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Don't be thrown under a bus by the liar, yo.

    May 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ariel de Puerco Rico

    There I was, toiling with no purpose in my dead end Cleveland job, immigrant to America, and no girls would talk to me so I say to myself, "Why not just force them?" and next thing I knew it worked so I got myself two more. Say what you will, but I had me some crazy good times and wild fornication like you never imagined.

    May 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
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