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Cleveland kidnapping suspect competent for trial

3 years 5 months 1 week ago July 03, 2013 Jul 3, 2013 Wednesday, July 03 2013 July 03, 2013 8:55 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

CLEVELAND - A man charged with holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade and raping them has been found competent to stand trial.

A Cuyahoga County judge said during a hearing Wednesday that an examination found that 52-year-old Ariel Castro is mentally able to understand the charges and assist attorneys in his defense.

Castro has pleaded not guilty to a 329 count indictment that includes multiple kidnapping and rape charges. He's being held on an $8 million bond.

Authorities accuse him of kidnapping the women between 2002 and 2004 when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old.

A trial is scheduled for Aug. 5, but the judge said it could be delayed.

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