Competency evaluation ordered for Ariel Castro - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Competency evaluation ordered for Ariel Castro

Posted: Updated:
Ariel Castro in court on Wednesday Ariel Castro in court on Wednesday
  • 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 Cleveland man suspected of kidnapping three women and holding them captive for years inside his west side home was back in court on Wednesday.

As he has in previous court appearances, Ariel Castro hung his head and refused to make eye contact with anyone. Castro is facing nearly 330 charges, including murder.

In court on Wednesday, Judge Russo ordered a competency evaluation for Castro. He will be referred to the court psychiatrist to make sure he understands the proceedings. Results will be back in 10 days.

Judge Russo asked Castro if he understood the need for a competency test. He replied, "Yes, I do."

County Prosecutor Tim McGinty told Judge Russo that Castro is competent based on interviews.

 "He knows what he is doing now and then," McGinty told the court.

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.

Castro's defense 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.

"Michelle, Gina and Amanda understand there is a legal process," said James Wooley, attorney for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. "They have faith in the prosecutor and the court to deliver a just result." 

"The longer this process lasts, the more painful it is for them. And the more sordid details of this horror that get disclosed in this process, the more painful it is for them," said Kathy Joseph, attorney for Michelle Knight.

"Again they have faith in the process, but the simple, honest truth is they would like it to be over. They want this whole thing behind them. Any date set by which this may end is like light at the end of a tunnel," said Wooley.

Castro remains jailed on $8M.

Right now, his trial date is set for August 4, but that should change after Castro waives his right to a speedy trial.

Castro's next court date has been set for Wednesday, July 3, at 8:30 a.m.

Copyright 2013 WOIO. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow