Journal and Notes of Castro Victim Part of Evidence

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CLEVELAND– Attorneys for Ariel Castro will soon be able to review evidence that will give them details about what daily life was like for the women held captive in his Seymour Avenue home for a decade.

The journal and written notes of at least one of the three victims is part of the evidence collected in the case.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty told the judge the evidence will be made available to defense attorneys.

“We have other tapes; we are going to make other matters including the journal available at the FBI headquarters in Cleveland whenever they want it, during working hours,” McGinty said.

FBI officials would not say when defense attorneys plan to view the evidence, or which of the victims kept a journal.

The three women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight escaped from Castro’s home May 6.

Castro is facing 329 charges in connection with the kidnapping of the three women.

The charges cover August 2002 to February 2007. He is facing several charges, including aggravated murder charges, rape and kidnapping.

The aggravated murder charge is for allegedly causing the miscarriage of one of the victim’s pregnancies.

McGinty indicated during Wednesday’s hearing that he will be presenting additional information to the grand jury on Castro’s case next week.


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