Suspected kidnapper Ariel Castro pleads not guilty - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Suspected kidnapper Ariel Castro pleads not guilty

Posted: Updated:
Ariel Castro in court Ariel Castro in court
  • KSLA News 12 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Vision for South Bossier City's future unveiled by planning firm

    Vision for South Bossier City's future unveiled by planning firm

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:05:06 GMT
    South Bossier Residents listen to presentation.South Bossier Residents listen to presentation.
    Leaders and planning consultants held their final public meeting Thursday about transforming a 10-street block area from the Shreveport-Barksdale bridge to just past the Century Link Center.More >>
    Leaders and planning consultants held their final public meeting Thursday about transforming a 10-street block area from the Shreveport-Barksdale bridge to just past the Century Link Center.More >>
  • Shreveport NICU sees more twins than ever

    Shreveport NICU sees more twins than ever

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:37:17 GMT
    The Pearce twins are one of nine sets of twins at University Health Shreveport right now.The Pearce twins are one of nine sets of twins at University Health Shreveport right now.
    These babies are one set of nine sets of twins being cared for at the Neo-natal intensive care unit at University Health in Shreveport right now.More >>
    These babies are one set of nine sets of twins being cared for at the Neo-natal intensive care unit at University Health in Shreveport right now.More >>
  • Grade changing allegations surface at BTW

    Grade changing allegations surface at BTW

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:14:05 GMT
    Caddo Parish Public Schools officials are investigating allegations that student grades were changed at Shreveport's Booker T. Washington New Tech High School.More >>
    Caddo Parish Public Schools officials are investigating allegations that student grades were changed at Shreveport's Booker T. Washington New Tech High School.More >>
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The man suspected of kidnapping three women and holding them captive for years inside his west side home made a brief appearance in court Wednesday morning.

With his head hanging down, Ariel Castro went before Judge Deena Calabrese on nearly 330 charges, including murder.

Defense attorneys entered a plea of not guilty for Castro. Castro did not say a word, and was immediately escorted out of the courtroom after the plea was entered.

He will be back in court for a pretrial on June 19. The judge assigned is Judge Michael Russo.

Castro is accused of holding Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus captive in his Seymour Avenue house for years before they were rescued on May 6.

Berry gave birth to his daughter while in captivity. 

Jim Wooley, attorney for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, and speaking on behalf of the third survivor, Michelle Knight, issued a statement: 

"We understand the legal process needs to run its course.  That said, days like today are not easy.  We are hopeful for a just and prompt resolution.  We have great faith in the prosecutor's office and the court." 

The massive indictment against Castro came down late Friday. All three women have been labeled 'Jane Doe,' which is common in sexual assault cases.

The indictment shows Jane Doe #1 was pregnant at least four times, and all four were forced miscarriages.

Prosecutors have charged Castro with one count of rape for every month the women were held against their will. The same for kidnapping.

After the hearing, Castro's attorneys made a statement to the media, but did not field any questions.

The attorneys said they are willing to plead guilty to all the charges, but murder. They are hoping the prosecutors will drop the murder charges so they can avoid a lengthy trial and spare the women from testifying.

Castro remains jailed on $8M.

Copyright 2013 WOIO. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow