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Ariel Castro charged in Cleveland kidnapping case, bail set at $8M

Posted at 10:26 AM, May 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-09 10:26:46-04

CLEVELAND (CNN) — Bail for Ariel Castro was set at $2 million per case, for a total of $8 million, at his arraignment Thursday morning in Cleveland Municipal Court.

Castro is accused of holding three long-missing women captive inside his home  — Amanda Berry, 27; Georgina “Gina” DeJesus, 23; and Michelle Knight, 32 — for a decade.

The three women — in addition to a 6-year-old daughter apparently born to Berry in captivity — were found alive Monday in Cleveland, police said. The women are believed to have been abducted years ago — in 2002, 2003 and 2004 — and held captive at a man’s home, according to police.

In the four cases — one case for each of the women, and one for the 6-year-old girl — he was arraigned on a total of four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. The state had asked for bail to be set at $5 million.

Three suspects, all brothers, including the home’s main resident, Ariel Castro, 52, were arrested. On Wednesday, a prosecutor said that Castro is being charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. His brothers are not being charged in the case.