Saturday 19 April 2014

Ohio kidnap suspect to deny charges

Ariel Castro's lawyers say he will deny rape and abduction charges (AP)

The US man accused of abducting and raping three women at his home for 10 years is to plead not guilty to all charges against him, his lawyers say.

Craig Weintraub and Jay Schlachet told a US TV station that Ariel Castro has been portrayed as a "monster" in the media, and after meeting with him they do not see him that way.

Mr Weintraub says it was unfair and offensive that "the media and the community want to demonise this man before they know the whole story."

Mr Schlachet said details of Castro's innocence "will be disclosed as the case progresses."

Mr Weintraub also says Castro "loves dearly" the child he fathered with kidnap victim Amanda Berry while she was held in his house in Cleveland, Ohio.

Castro is charged with kidnapping and raping Ms Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

Press Association

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