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Counts multiply in Cleveland kidnapping case

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The man accused of holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade was charged Friday with hundreds of additional counts covering the entire period of the alleged imprisonment.

Ariel Castro, who pleaded not guilty to an earlier 329-count indictment, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder on accusations that he starved and punched one of the women while she was pregnant until she miscarried. The new indictment also charges him with 512 counts of kidnapping, 446 counts of rape, seven counts of gross sexual imposition, six counts of felonious assault, three counts of child endangerment, and one count of possessing criminal tools.

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The 977 counts do not include charges that could carry a death sentence, but Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said he is still reserving that option.

Castro is charged with kidnapping the three women and holding them captive along along with a 6-year-old girl he fathered with one of them. The indictment covers the period from August 2002, when the first girl disappeared, to May, when the women were rescued The first indictment covered only the period from August 2002 to February 2007.

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