Ohio kidnap suspect in court, plea talks ongoing

Ariel Castro, Craig Weintraub, Jaye Schlachet

CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for a Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for more than a decade have told a judge that plea negotiations in the case are still ongoing.

As in previous court appearances, 53-year-old Ariel Castro was dressed in an orange jail outfit and kept his chin tucked to his chest for most of the brief hearing Wednesday morning.

Castro has pleaded not guilty to nearly 1,000 counts of kidnap, rape and other crimes.

Castro’s attorneys complained to Judge Michael Russo that they are having trouble getting prepared for the trial, which is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 5.

They say prosecutors have been slow to turn over evidence, an accusation denied by Cuyahoga (KY-uh-HOH-huh) County Prosecutor Tim McGinty.

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