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Friday, July 12, 2013 - 8:13pm
CLEVELAND (WJW) — CLEVELAND (WJW) -- Ariel Castro now faces a 977-count indictment. He had already been charged in a more than 300-count indictment.
The 53-year-old is accused of kidnapping Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus and holding them hostage at his Seymour Ave. home in Cleveland for nearly a decade.
Friday's indictment covers the entire time period from August of 2002 to May of 2013, when the women escaped.
Castro will be arraigned July 17 on the new indictment.
All three women released a video this week, thanking the public for their support.
In the new indictment, the state retains the option of adding a death penalty specification.