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Lawyers: Ohio kidnap suspect will plead not guilty

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Police say Charles Ramsey broke down the door and helped free Amanda Berry, who was 16 when she disappeared in 2003. Sandra Ruiz, aunt of Gina DeJesus, talks about her visit with Gina Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Cleveland. Police said Gina DeJesus and two other women who went missing separately about a decade ago were found in the home near downtown Cleveland Monday and likely had been tied up during years of captivity. Three brothers have been arrested. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The attorneys for a Cleveland man accused of keeping three women in captivity for about a decade say he will plead not guilty.

Attorneys Craig Weintraub and Jay Schlachet tell WKYC-TV that suspect Ariel Castro has been portrayed as a "monster" in the media, and after meeting with him Tuesday they don't see him that way.

Weintraub says it's unfair and offensive that "the media and the community want to demonize this man before they know the whole story."

Schlachet says details of Castro's innocence "will be disclosed as the case progresses."

Weintraub also says Castro "loves dearly" the child he fathered with alleged kidnap victim Amanda Berry while she was in captivity.

Castro is charged with kidnapping and raping Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
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