Accused Cleveland kidnapper found competent to stand trial

Posted July 03, 2013, at 12:01 p.m.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro has been found competent to stand trial on rape and murder charges, a judge said at a hearing Wednesday.

Castro has been accused of kidnapping three women and holding them prisoner for about a decade in his Cleveland home. He has pleaded not guilty, and his trial date has been set for Aug. 5.

Cleveland Judge Michael Russo has denied Castro’s request for visits from his 6-year-old daughter, who was born while his mother was allegedly in captivity in Castro’s house.

 

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