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Judge: Ohio kidnapping suspect agrees to plea

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Updated: 7/26/2013 4:00 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) -- A judge says a Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade has a plea deal.

Ariel Castro is in court Friday. He had been charged in a 977-count indictment that could lead to the death penalty.

Castro is scheduled for trial Aug. 5 on allegations that include repeatedly restraining the women and punching and starving one woman until she had a miscarriage.

The women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old. Each said they had accepted a ride from Castro.

They escaped Castro's house May 6 when one kicked out part of a door and called to neighbors for help. Castro was arrested within hours and has remained behind bars.

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murphette88 - 7/26/2013 9:14 PM
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One, if he takes a plea, it keeps the women from having to go and sit in a trial with him, they have had enough trauma and most likely just want it to be done with so they can move on. Two, Death by execution is excessively expensive. Most people who support the death penalty believe it is more cost effective than life in prison. Perhaps at one time, when executions were swift and sure, this may have been the case. It is not now. Most people knowledgeable about the subject will agree that the delay now built into the system, more trial preparation, much longer time to get to trial, much longer jury selections and trials, much more complicated and far more frequent appeals, and continuous motions, have increased the cost of capital punishment so that it is now many times the cost of keeping a prisoner in prison for life.

Gunny48 - 7/26/2013 11:56 AM
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More so-called "justice"? This is why nobody is concerned about any laws we pass. Unless you're killed while being arrested it's pretty much another day. They might as well do it big time while they can...
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