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Castro trial set for August 4

Castro trial set for August 4

(Cleveland) - Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man accused of kidnapping three women and imprisoning them in his house over a decade, had another court appearance Wednesday.

The trial has been tentatively set for August 4, but that could change if the 52-year-old Castro waives his right to a speedy trial. Castro's attorneys have hinted they would consider a plea if talk of death penalty charges is taken off the table.

Castro's attorneys have also requested a tour of the home on Seymour Avenue where Amanda Berry, Gine DeJesus and Michelle Knight were apparently held for about a decade.

Castro has pleaded not guilty to the more than 300 counts against him, which include rape, kidnapping and felonious assault, among others. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty indicated that more charges could be filed after more evidence is presented to the grand jury next week.

The next pre-trial hearing is scheduled for June 26,

Castro wore an orange jail jumpsuit and kept his eyes down during the procedings. He said three words during the ten minute session, "Yes" "No" and "Mmhhmm".

Also Wednesday lawmakers in Columbus planned to discuss a bill that would provide the three women years of relief payments, college tuition and medical assistance.

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