Ariel Castro Arraigned, Bail Set at $8M

Bond set at $2M for each case
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 9, 2013 7:40 AM CDT
Ariel Castro Arraigned, Bail Set at $8M
This undated photo released by the Cleveland Police Department shows Ariel Castro.   ((AP Photo/Cleveland Police Department))

Ariel Castro has been arraigned on charges of rape and kidnapping days after three women missing for about a decade were found alive at his home. Castro appeared in court this morning. He looked down at the ground for nearly the entire proceeding, biting his collar and signing documents with his handcuffed hands. He didn't speak. Bond was set at $2 million on each case.

Castro has been charged with four counts of kidnapping—covering the captives and the daughter born to one of them—and three counts of rape, against all three women. Police say they've talked with both Castro, who is a former school bus driver, and the three women at length in building their case. While they're not revealing many details, police do say the women were kept inside Castro's house for all but a few brief minutes over the last 10 years. (More Cleveland Kidnapping stories.)

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