Ohio man in missing women case faces 329 charges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive for a decade has been indicted on 329 charges including aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape.

A Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County grand jury returned the indictment Friday against Ariel Castro, a former school bus driver fired last fall.

The grand jury charged Castro with two counts of aggravated murder related to one act, saying he purposely caused the unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

Castro is accused of kidnapping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight and holding them captive with a girl he fathered with Berry.

The indictment included multiple counts of rape, kidnapping, gross sexual imposition and felonious assault.

Castro’s attorneys have said he would plead not guilty to any indictment.

Attorneys for the women say they’re letting the judicial process unfold.

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