Could kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro be charged with murder? - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Murder charges could be filed against kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro

Ariel Castro (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff) Ariel Castro (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff)

The case against Ariel Castro is now going to a County Grand Jury, and 19 Action News Reporter Ed Gallek has learned investigators have discussed the possibility of filing murder charges.

Police say Castro held Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight against their will for years and sexually abused them. One victim told investigators she had repeatedly become pregnant by Castro, and then he would starve her and beat her to make her lose the babies.  

Berry was allowed to keep her baby, a little girl, now 6.

Castro is facing charges of rape and kidnapping, but could he also be charged with murder? Multiple law enforcement sources say case law is being researched, and investigators have talked about what evidence they would need.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty discussed the case at a news conference Thursday.

McGinty said Castro, who's already charged with kidnapping and rape, could face additional charges.  

McGinty's office is looking into aggravated murder charges in connection with the terminated pregnancies.  If charged with aggravated murder, the prosecutor could consider asking for the death penalty.

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