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New court hearing for Cleveland kidnapping suspect

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CLEVELAND (AP) - A man charged with holding three women captive in his home for about a decade has another court hearing.

Ariel Castro has pleaded not guilty to a 329 count indictment that includes multiple kidnapping and rape charges.

Authorities accuse the 52-year-old Castro of kidnapping the women between 2002 and 2004 when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old.

Last week Cuyahoga County Judge Michael Russo ordered Castro evaluated to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial.

The judge said he wants to make sure Castro is able to understand the charges and help attorneys in his defense.

Lawyers for Castro, being held on $8 million bond, have raised the possibility of a plea deal if the death penalty is taken off the table.

Castro's hearing is Wednesday.

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