Ariel Castro, accused of kidnapping and raping three Cleveland women, ruled competent for trial
10:35 AM, Jul 3, 2013
12:05 PM, Jul 3, 2013
CLEVELAND - A man charged with holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade and raping them has been found competent to stand trial.
A Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County judge said during a hearing Wednesday that an examination found that 52-year-old Ariel Castro is mentally able to understand the charges and assist attorneys in his defense.
Castro has pleaded not guilty to a 329 count indictment that includes multiple kidnapping and rape charges. He's being held on an $8 million bond.
Authorities accuse him of kidnapping the women between 2002 and 2004 when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old.
A trial is scheduled for Aug. 5, but the judge said it could be delayed.