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Accused Cleveland Kidnapper Ordered To Undergo Competency Evaluation

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 5:39 PM

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Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping and raping three women over a decade and holding them captive, will undergo a competency evaluation to assure he understands the charges against him.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Russo ordered the evaluation.  It will likely be conducted by a court-appointed doctor on Thursday.

Prosecutor Tim McGinty says there’s no reason to believe Castro is incompetent to stand trial.

McGinty: “We have absolutely no doubt from the hours of tape and other evidence that he is entirely competent, knows exactly what he’s doing now and he did then.”

Castro has pleaded not guilty to 329 counts. His trial date is not yet scheduled.

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