Ariel Castro Indicted on 977 Counts: UPDATE



Ariel Castro was indicted today on a total of 977 counts, including aggravated murder. The new counts cover the entire duration of the kidnapping and captivity, from 2002 to 2013.

He will be arraigned July 17, and his trial will begin Aug. 5.

“Today’s indictment moves us closer to resolution of this gruesome case," Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty says. “Our investigation continues, as does our preparation for trial.”

It's unclear if the prosecutor will seek the death penalty.

This all comes after - and supersedes - the original 329-count indictment detailed below.

Originally posted June 7:

Ariel Castro was indicted today in county court on 329 counts.

That's one count of aggravated murder, 139 counts of rape, 177 counts of kidnapping, seven counts of gross sexual imposition, three counts of felonious assault and one count of possession of criminal tools. The indictments cover August 2002, when Michelle Knight was first taken, until February 2007.

“Today’s indictments represent a first major step in the criminal justice process,’’ County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty says. “Our investigation continues, and we will present our findings to the grand jury.’’

Castro will be arraigned next week. No additional public comment was available on the matter.

Read the indictment, uploaded via WEWS, online.

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