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Man accused of 977 charges in abduction of women pleads not guilty

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(Reuters) – Former Cleveland school bus driver Ariel Castro on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to 977 criminal charges stemming from the abduction and imprisonment over about a decade of three women and the birth of a child to one of them during that time.

A grand jury on Friday added 648 charges to a previous indictment against Castro, who is accused of abducting the first of the women in August 2002 and holding them captive until they escaped his home on May 6 with a 6-year-old girl he fathered during her mother’s captivity.

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