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Ariel Castro Faces Aggravated Murder, Kidnapping and Rape Charges

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Ariel Castro (Credit: Cuyahoga County Jail)

Ariel Castro (Credit: Cuyahoga County Jail)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A grand jury in Cuyahoga County returned a 329-count indictment against Ariel Castro Friday, charging the 52-year-old Cleveland man with the kidnapping and rape of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

Reports say Castro was indicted for one act of aggravated murder for the “unlawful termination” of one of his victim’s pregnancy, said County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty.

Castro 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.

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