Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping three women and holding them captive inside his Seymour Avenue home for a decade, was back in a Cuyahoga County courtroom this morning.

Shackled, handcuffed, and dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit, Castro kept his eyes down or closed through the entire 10 minute hearing.  For the first time, we did get to hear him speak as he answered the judge’s questions with one-word answers of yes or no.

The judge set a tentative trial date for August 4 and scheduled another pre-trial hearing for June 26th at 8:45 a.m.  The judge also told prosecutors and defense counsel that if there were to be a plea deal in this case it would need to be a written agreement.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty attended the pre-trial hearing and told the judge that additional evidence is being presented to the grand jury over the next two weeks and that he expects additional charges.

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