Lawyer says Castro should have been watched more closely

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ORIENT, Ohio -- It took less than four months from Ariel Castro's dark secret coming out to his death at an Ohio prison in Orient, south of Columbus.

Very few answers are coming out of the prison. A prison representative says Castro was found hanging in his cell Tuesday night and pronounced dead at the hospital. The coroner says Castro used bed sheets to hang himself. 

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections says Castro was not on suicide watch and that the determination was made by credentialed prison mental health staff. Prison officials say they checked on Castro every 30 minutes.  

His attorney, Craig Weintraub, says all of this was not good enough.

"I think that there needs to be an in-depth investigation to try to find out exactly what happened. This just doesn't happen with a 30-day period in a very high profile case." 

Weintraub says he requested a separate psychiatric exam of Castro two weeks ago, and the prison denied his request. He says Castro should have been watched more closely by the guards.

Though it may go against public opinion, Weintraub says what happened here is wrong.

"It's one where, I suppose, for local Clevelanders and probably the world, they'll watch this and think of a man that's purely evil, that this is a happy ending to this story and a quick ending -- and justifiable. But, I also look at that we're in a civilized society and nobody should really be celebrating this." 

Weintraub wants Castro's body released for some kind of service.


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