Castro May Be Charged with Murder

    Ariel Castro is arraigned at Cleveland Municipal Court for the kidnapping of three women in Cleveland, May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro appeared in court Thursday to faces charges that he kidnapped and raped three young women and held them in his home for a decade. The 52-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio did not enter a plea and stood with his head bowed while the court set a large bond of two million dollars per case, effectively ensuring that he will remain in detention.  AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ariel Castro is arraigned in court on Thursday. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty)

    Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro appeared in court briefly on Thursday and was arraigned on kidnapping and rape charges. Prosecutors said they may charge Castro with aggravated murder for the multiple times he allegedly impregnated his victims and forced them to suffer miscarriages. His bond is set at $8 million ($2 million for each case). One of the three women held captive told police that Castro impregnated her five times but always forced her to “abort the baby.” According to early police reports, Michelle Knight said Castro starved her for at least two weeks and then repeatedly punched her in the stomach until she miscarried. Castro allegedly treated his other captives’ pregnancies differently, ordering Knight to deliver Amanda Berry’s child. He reportedly threatened to kill Knight if the baby didn’t survive.

    Prosecutors may seek the death penalty.
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