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. Mr Dalloway

    This is one joker who won't be home for christmas

    May 11, 2013 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ¬©‚ĄĘ

    Something is terribly wrong with a society that will not impose a death penalty for the kidnapping and torture of a human being for ten years.
    "Oh, as long as you didn't kill her, that's not so bad. Just kidnapped her and tortured her for ten years? We understand that. Life in prison, and be blessed."

    May 11, 2013 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Terminator

      Wait. I was under the impression that liberals welcomed with open arms the termination of pregnancies

      May 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stuart

    Ohio law says. death. To this man

    May 11, 2013 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Celestino

    Ok. What it happened to what I right

    May 11, 2013 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Celestino

    I go now to mcallen in usa to find extra work.

    May 11, 2013 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Pettry amzanig huh?

    May 11, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    We have had the unsavory and demeaning for us, experience of 'producing' some of the most heinous serial killers, rapists, child & women abusers, mass murderers & their ilk.

    May 11, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Is that the result of drifting away, in the name of personal liberty & freedom, from traditional family values and now mocked moral values ? Some other 'disease' mutating our psyche ? Or a political direction deliberately designed to keep us from looking inwards?

    May 11, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Lol @ bobcat, i guess that is pretty amazing cuz i understood every word you wrote.

    May 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      Good afternoon chrissy

      It is amazing what our mind can compehend. One thing my mind has trouble compehending is postings like the one right below us here. How can you possibly stay on one track regardless of the story line. There seems to be a similarity to someone else who used to try to steer the conversation in a certain direction and always on the same theme. Just an observation.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      @Rawr: now we have his replacement with the Obama obsession. Win-win. Not.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      And there is behavior modification, such as turning off Alex Jones and Fox, for those with OCD posting...or would that be ADD posting?

      May 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      I actually believe it to be a combination of the two. The ADD would expalain his inability to pay attention the the true facts, while the OCD would account for that one track mind.

      May 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Could be, Rawr, could be. It ios all very yawn-worthy.

      May 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hamsta

    Not to say that this isn't news or a tragedy and that the suspect deserves murder charges would be wrong, but the headline should read: "In Bengahzi coverup Obama and Clinton should face mureder counts." But so goes it in the ultra liberal mainstream media, report on everything other than Obama's intentional deception to the American public.

    May 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    In the 54 embassy attacks that left people dead during the Bush administration, there have been 3 Congressional hearings for them...all of them. 3/54. Benghazi has been touted as worse than Watergate and Iran Contra put together, is being put along the same level as 9/11, and all predicated on "IF" the POTUS covered it up...which has never been proven; it seems Congress will not stop until they can make up something to pin on Obama. This witch hunt is getting to the point of ridiculous. Stop the hyperbole already.

    May 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      @ banasy

      Yes, the witch hunt is like the eveready rabbit. The sad part is that this is being done for nothing more than politlcal points with their const ituents. Looking ahead to next years mid-terms and then on to 2016 is their only concerns. I guess they figure that if the give the illusion that they really give a rats butt it will save their job. Political grandstanding at its finest.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicano dude

      Blatantly lying to the public. Threatening people to be quiet isn't worth a closer look? You liberals make me sick with your double standards

      May 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      @ Chiano dude

      Point # 1, I have no party affiliation.
      Point # 2 Who is it that's making the accusations of thratening people ? Oh yeah, it's the conservatives. You conservatives make me sick with your double standards.

      May 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      What I find hilariouis, Chicano Dude, is that I didn't mention party affilitation at ALL in my post, but naturally, you did. Yawn. Tedious hypocrisy is the norm, isn't it, in Blah Blah land?

      May 11, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Man Ranch

      Bobcat is deflecting and spinning as usual. Look at him go!

      May 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Liberal double standards (hypocracy): Bengahzi was a long time ago, but they and you still bring up and blame Bush as spoken by liberals. This "witch hunt" as spoken by liberals, but the witch hunt began when Clinton told the victims' families " Don't worry, we will get the guy who made the video." who happens to be innocent of any wrongdoing but still sits in prison for a "parole violation". General Petraus was publicly shamed into resignation because he didn't willingly go along with the cover up and lie campaign. People being demoted for telling the truth, witnesses hit with gag orders all so Emperor Obama can look good for his campaign. Ya, it's a political witch hunt alright, as spoken by those with a guilty conscience.

      May 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • SMEZ

      Oh yea banasy. You were defending republicans weren't you? Lol. People are so disconnected from reality on here

      May 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      More liberal double standards (hypocracy): "The republicans threaten everybody.", after Petraus was forced into resignation, an innocent man sits in prison, and people were demoted for telling the truth. " What difference does it make?" after department of state emails were edited, erasing any reference to Islam, muslims, jihad, Al Quaeda or anything that might offend a muslim.

      May 11, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    I just spoke my mind. A freaking witch hunt as a political talking point is nothing more than grandstanding hyperbole.

    May 11, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Afraid of speaking our minds ? I think we are pretty clear about where we stand on the issue. It's a witch hunt, plain and simple, in a grandstanding attempt to garner politcal points towards next years mid-terms and then on to 2016.

    May 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Ya know one day we will probably hear about an as sasination attempt on President Obama and it will be some clown in New Orleans who will have done it.

    May 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ANDRE (chosenone) HIMES

    Crime of genocide had been commited against Black America and you fool if you think i don't know what happen.

    May 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
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