Cleveland man arraigned on rape, kidnapping charges

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May 9, 2013, 8:46 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Sarah Dallof) - The man accused of kidnapping and imprisoning three women in his Cleveland house for 10 years had his first court appearance Thursday morning.

Ariel Castro said not a word in court as he stood next to a public defender. During the brief arraignment, the judge set bond at $8 million.

With his head lowered and wearing a blue prison jumpsuit, Castro appeared in court for the first time.

“Today the situation has turned, Mr. Castro stands before you as a captive, in captivity, a prisoner,” Prosecutor Brian Murphy said.

Castro is charged with four counts of kidnapping and three of rape in the cases of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

"Bail is set at 2 million per case security," the judge said.

Pedro and Onil Castro, who were arrested alongside Ariel Castro Monday night, were quickly arraigned on old, unrelated misdemeanors. The two are not charged in connection with the kidnapping.

Berry, her daughter and Gina DeJesus returned home Wednesday to cheering crowds outside and emotional family members inside.

“There weren't many words said. There was a lot of tears, a lot of hugs and I think subliminally you knew what the other person was saying," said Matt Zone, a friend of the DeJesus family.

"When my granddaughter is missing that long there is no rest for you. It's something you carry with but it's over now," said Amanda Berry’s grandmother, Fern Gentry.

These are silvers of happiness following a decade of trauma for the women and their families.

The case now goes to a grand jury who will sort through the 200 bags of evidence removed from the home.


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