The defense for a man accused of holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade hints that a trial can be avoided with a plea if he escapes the death penalty.
Defense attorney Craig Weintraub addressed the death penalty issue today after 52-year-old Ariel Castro pleaded not guilty to hundreds of charges, including rape and kidnapping. Weintraub says the defense is working to avoid an "unnecessary trial" involving the death penalty. Current charges involving an alleged forced miscarriage don't include death penalty specifications, but the prosecutor says that's under review. The prosecutor's office says it's reviewing the defense comments. A statement on the behalf of the three women calls today's arraignment "not easy" and adds the women are hoping for a just and prompt resolution.