Could kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro be charged with murder? - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Murder charges could be filed against kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro

Posted: Updated:
Ariel Castro (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff) Ariel Castro (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff)
  • More newsMore>>

  • WSFA 12 Special Report: Poison proof

    WSFA 12 Special Report: Poison proof

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:15:13 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    It can be a parents worst nightmare. You discover an open container, and your child unresponsive nearby. It can be easy for children to get into something they shouldn't thinking it was a soda or candy,More >>
    It can be easy for children to get into something they shouldn't thinking it was a soda or candy, and end up in a life threatening situation.More >>
  • Elmore County schools prepare for start of new year

    Elmore County schools prepare for start of new year

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:55:34 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    The state's back to school state sales tax holiday weekend is this weekend, and it's just in time as Elmore County schools start back on Monday.     Around 11,000 students will show up on Monday and willMore >>
    The state's back to school state sales tax holiday weekend is this weekend, and it's just in time as Elmore County schools start back on Monday.More >>
  • Congress cooperates and fights as recess nears

    Congress cooperates and fights as recess nears

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:37:17 GMT
    Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.More >>
    Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working...More >>
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

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.

Copyright 2013 WOIO. All rights reserved. 

Powered by WorldNow