Hearing set for man in Ohio’s captive women case

CLEVELAND (AP) — The case against a man charged with holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for over a decade is headed back to court.

The sharing of evidence between prosecutors and defense lawyers is among the issues before Judge Michael Russo in Cleveland in the hearing Wednesday morning for Ariel Castro.

The 52-year-old Castro has pleaded not guilty to a 329-count indictment, with even more charges still possible.

The defense wants county prosecutor Tim McGinty to take the death penalty off the table to clear the way for a plea deal. McGinty hasn’t said if he’ll pursue a death sentence for an alleged forced miscarriage involving one victim.

Castro was arrested after a woman broke through a door and yelled to neighbors for help last month.

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