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Arial Castro returns to a Justice Center court room

Arial Castro returns to a Justice Center court room

(Cleveland) - Cleveland kidnap and rape suspect Ariel Castro was back in court Wednesday morning for another pre-trial hearing. 

Castro is charged with 977 counts after police say he held Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus and Michelle Knight captive inside his Seymour Avenue home.

Attornies for the 52-year old Castro argued Wednesday they have not received all the evidence they need to put up a good defense for their client, including some from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty refutes those claims saying defense attornies Craig Weintraub and Jaye Schlachet have had 24-7 access to all evidence and facts.

Both sides say they are willing to head to trial Aug. 5 although there is still talk of a possible plea deal in the case, if talk of the death penalty is taken off the table.


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