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Ohio kidnapping, rape suspect pleads not guilty

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.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Cleveland man accused of holding three
women captive in his home for more than a decade pleaded not guilty yesterday on
an expanded indictment charging him with 512
counts of kidnapping and 446 counts of rape, among other crimes.

The charges returned Friday by a grand jury against Ariel Castro expanded on a 329-count indictment filed earlier that covered only part of the time frame of the alleged crimes. He previously pleaded not guilty to that
indictment.

Castro, 53, has been jailed since his arrest on May 6 shortly after the women escaped to freedom. As in past court appearances, he kept his head down Wednesday, typically responding to a judge’s questions with one-word answers. In past court appearances, Castro has kept his head down and his chin tucked on his chest.

The judge continued his bond at $8 million.

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