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Ariel Castro Update: Cleveland kidnapping suspect found competent to stand trial

Kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro, accused in the abduction of three women recently freed in Cleveland, Ohio, is seen in a mugshot photo, May 9, 2013. Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department

Kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro, accused in the abduction of three women recently freed in Cleveland, Ohio, is seen in a mugshot photo, May 9, 2013.
Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department

(CBS/AP) CLEVELAND - Ariel Castro, a man charged with holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade and raping them, has been found competent to stand trial.

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A Cuyahoga County judge said during a hearing Wednesday that an examination found that the 52-year-old Castro is mentally able to understand the charges and assist attorneys in his defense.

Castro has pleaded not guilty to a 329 count indictment that includes multiple kidnapping and rape charges. He's being held on an $8 million bond.

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

A trial is scheduled for Aug. 5, but the judge said it could be delayed.

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