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Cleveland kidnap suspect Ariel Castro faces 329 charges

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A man accused of holding three women captive in his rundown home in Cleveland for a decade and fathering a child with one of them has been indicted on 329 charges including murder, kidnapping and rape, prosecutors said.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury returned the indictment yesterday against Ariel Castro, a former school bus driver. Castro, 52, is accused of kidnapping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight and holding them captive along with a 6-year-old girl he fathered with Berry.

The grand jury charged Castro with two counts of aggravated murder related to one act, saying he purposely caused the unlawful termination of one of the women's pregnancies. Castro also was indicted on 139 counts of rape, 177 counts of kidnapping, seven counts of gross sexual imposition, three counts of felonious assault and one count of possession of criminal tools.

Castro's attorneys have said he would plead not guilty to any indictment. Castro is being held on $8 million bail. He has told jail guards he won't accept news media interview requests. A telephone message left for one of his attorneys wasn't immediately returned.

Castro was arrested May 6, shortly after Berry broke out through a door at the home. Castro's two brothers were arrested with him but later cleared. -- AP

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