07/24/2013 10:33 am ET

Ariel Castro Back In Court As Plea Bargaining Continues In Ohio Kidnapping Case


Ariel Castro kept his "head down and eyes averted" during his latest court appearance on Wednesday morning, according to WKYC.

The Cleveland man is charged with close to 1,000 counts in connection with the alleged kidnapping and imprisonment of three women.

WKYC reports that, at his last hearing, Castro was told to open his eyes and look at the judge. Castro told the court he was "trying" to do so.

More from the Associated Press:

CLEVELAND — Attorneys for a Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for more than a decade have told a judge that plea negotiations in the case are still ongoing.

As in previous court appearances, 53-year-old Ariel Castro was dressed in an orange jail outfit and kept his chin tucked to his chest for most of the brief hearing Wednesday morning.

Castro has pleaded not guilty to nearly 1,000 counts of kidnap, rape and other crimes.

Castro's attorneys complained to Judge Michael Russo that they are having trouble getting prepared for the trial, which is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 5.

They say prosecutors have been slow to turn over evidence, an accusation denied by Cuyahoga (KY-uh-HOH-huh) County Prosecutor Tim McGinty.



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