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. saywhat

    Yes@chrissy and thats what makes this case more worrisome. Although it must be said that in some other cases too , it took inordinate period of time for the victims to be discovered.

    May 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    I do however find it very hard to believe that some people visited this home several times and never noticed anything amiss! They probably just didnt wanta get involved!

    May 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    In any case, hell would be too good for this POS!

    May 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dazzle ©

    I see the stupid blockade is up.

    May 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

    He should of crossed paths with Jodi Arias.

    May 10, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Yes, she would have cut him down to size.

      May 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle ©

    How are you Rupert able to post when you are a troll?

    May 10, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dazzle ©

    You are weird.

    May 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Pfft.

    May 10, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Someone sure has a superiority complex doesnt HE? Well trollio you are a legend in your own mind ONLY! Doubt you could get a real person to agree with you. And im not talking about one of your fictional friends either!

    May 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kenny Rogers

    Well looky here. My three favorite lovely ladies in one page.

    May 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      No no look here it is our favorite the KR. Be nice to your Mrs for Mothers Day and no trolling.

      May 10, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Yea ok. Ill curb my excitement on that post for awhile if you dont mind.

    May 10, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    I just read that one of the vicrims, Miss McKnight, was pregnant 5 times and lost every one due to his starving/beatings. What a monster.

    May 10, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Also. The FBI stated there are no bodies buried on Castro's property. Thankfully.

      May 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Goig Dorbad

    Cleveland. Huh. I bet theres thousands more exactly like him still out there. Thousands.

    May 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    @ Monty Python i agree and now theyre backpedeling and saying theyve never had any calls concerning this demon seed nor his home. If it were just ONE report i might believe it was someone wanting their minute of fame. But its many calls from many sources. Chances of them ALL being liars is kinda slim.

    May 11, 2013 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Now im sure ill be ridiculed for saying that cuz after all i havent read the FBI reports lol.

    May 11, 2013 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
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