Group’s Rally Cry: Execute Castro

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CLEVELAND – A small group of protesters made their voices heard about what should happen to Ariel Castro, accused of kidnapping, raping and keeping three women captive in his home for more than 10 years. They say execute him.

Members of Ohio Communities United rallied outside the Justice Center in Downtown Cleveland Friday, where Castro, 52, is being held.

Ariel Castro's new mug shot. (Photo Credit: Cuyahoga County Jail)

Ariel Castro’s new mug shot. (Photo Credit: Cuyahoga County Jail)

Joe Jones, Ohio Communities United organizer, said Castro does not deserve a sentence of life in prison.

“He needs to be executed, and everything he owns should be sold and the money should be turned over to the victims.  He definitely should be put to death,” Jones said, adding that is what he believes should happen to all sexual predators or anyone who hurts a child.

Downtown Cleveland resident Marcia Turpin walked by the protest and agreed with what should happen to Castro.

“He does not need a trial. He should go straight to the death penalty after what he put those girls through, he needs to go through the same thing.  Torture, chain him up, put a chain around his neck – let him see how that feels,” Turpin added.

Jones said the Cleveland police did what they could to find Michelle Knight, 32; Amanda Berry, 27; and Gina DeJesus, 23.

They went missing from Cleveland’s west side in 2002, 2003 and 2004 respectively.

He commended the efforts of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty to pursue a death penalty case against Castro, which McGinty said he would do if appropriate.

Jones also said the victims are not fighting this alone.  “There is a whole nation of extended family backing them.  They have our support,” he added.

The case against Castro is to be presented to a Grand Jury where additional charges could be filed.