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Ohio kidnapping, rape suspect pleads not guilty

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Ariel Castro stands before a judge during his arraignment on an expanded 977-count indictment Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro is charged with kidnapping and raping three women over a decade in his Cleveland home. Castro pleaded not guilty to 512 counts of kidnapping and 446 counts of rape.

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The Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for over a decade pleaded not guilty Wednesday on an expanded indictment charging him with 512 counts of kidnapping and 446 counts of rape, among other crimes. Ariel Castro, 53, has been jailed since his arrest on May 6 shortly after the women escaped to freedom. His legal team has hinted Castro would plead guilty if the death penalty was off the table.
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