A judge is aiming for a late summer proceeding to meet the speedy trial rights of an Ohio man accused of kidnapping three women and holding them in his home for about a decade.
Judge Michael Russo in Cleveland said he's aiming for an Aug. 4 trial for Ariel Castro, who was arrested May 6. The 90-day speedy trial requirement could be waived to allow more preparation time.
As in previous court appearances, Castro, 52, kept his chin tucked in his chest during a hearing Wednesday. He answered "yes" and "no" to the judge's questions about his understanding of the proceedings.
The judge mentioned plea deal discussions raised by the defense last week. He asked that any plea deal that emerges be submitted by attorneys in writing.
Castro, who spent part of his childhood living in Reading, faces another pretrial hearing June 26.