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-- happening now the man accused of running a house of horrors in Cleveland is -- court today aerial Castro is his name you seeing there on the screen he's arranged.
I'm nearly 1000.
Charges including the rape and kidnapping.
-- three women who say he held them captive in his home for decades.
Subjecting them to unspeakable torture and abuse -- -- is -- midwest bureau he's been covering the story with on the ground there -- -- broke.
And has latest for us now Garrett.
-- -- at 9000.
Years that is what aerial Castro was facing if he's convicted.
Earlier today just this past -- -- the former school bus driver pleaded not guilty to the 900 in 77 charges he's facing.
Just as every other time we've seen him in court he walked in with his head held down.
Eyes closed it was avoiding eye contact with anyone there in the courtroom but this time the judge repeatedly ordered him to open his eyes.
And look up at her while she reviewed the charges.
Castro once again you must look -- -- -- you your right please.
At this time it is my duty.
Please keep your eyes open does that make sure that you are thinking in understanding what I'm saying okay these casters trial date.
-- trial date is set for August 5.
But his defense team has been pushing for some kind of a plea deal to avoid going to trial following today's hearing Castro's attorney.
As -- as that he had they've been an ongoing discussions with the prosecution.
On some type of plea deal arrangement but insisted that any agreement would have to not involve the death penalty.
Whether the prosecutor's office wants to continue.
To engage any sort of rhetoric.
Two -- to continue to contemplate.
On the death penalty in this instance we can control that but what we are doing.
He's looking forward to the resolution of this matter spirited women and provide any details.
Horrible events to the world at large and so that's our goal at this juncture.
A special committee began meeting last week to discuss whether or not the prosecution will seek the death penalty procedures it said that's still an option.
It the next pretrial hearing -- Castro will be next Wednesday July 24.
And that is of course just about a week and a half before his trial date is scheduled for August 5.
-- I'll continue to watch tennis enough Garrett thank you.
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