Lawyer: Ohio kidnap suspect will plead not guilty

Ariel Castro
Posted at 9:11 PM, May 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-15 21:11:00-04

CLEVELAND (AP) — The defense team for the Cleveland man accused of keeping three women in captivity for about a decade says the suspect will plead not guilty and questions if he can receive a fair trial anywhere.

Craig Weintraub told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he and a fellow defense attorney will struggle with the issue of where suspect Ariel Castro might receive a fair trial.

Weintraub said Castro is despondent in his jail cell but thinks people believe he's got it too good under the circumstances.

Weintraub said his client loves his 6-year-old daughter born to one of the alleged kidnap victims, and said Castro's affection for the girl may seem irrational to some.

Castro's defense comments were first reported by WKYC-TV.