Ariel Castro bond set at $8M; brothers released

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CLEVELAND --  A judge set bond at $8 million for Ariel Castro during his initial court appearance this morning.

A judge set bond at $2 million for each charge against him.  There are four charges against Castro, bringing the bond total to $8 million.

Castro did not speak during the arraignment and wore a dark blue jail jumpsuit, zipped all the way to the top.  He kept his head down during most of the proceeding which lasted less than five minutes.  He has been placed on suicide watch in jail which is standard in high profile cases.

Castro is charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape in connection with the disappearances of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

The three were rescued on May 6 after spending a decade trapped in a house on Seymour Avenue. Investigators say the women have told them they were allowed outside the home just twice in that entire time.

Police say the women were bound and sexually abused during their time in captivity.

Castro's brothers who were arrested along with him are not charged in the disappearances. Police say there is no evidence linking them to the case against Ariel Castro.  Both were in court on outstanding misdemeanor matters.  The judge ordered them released.  Police say they have been let go.


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