Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro will return to court Wednesday morning

CLEVELAND - The man accused of kidnapping, raping and holding three Cleveland women captive for nearly ten years will return to court Wednesday morning.

A pre-trial hearing for Ariel Castro is scheduled for 9 a.m. His trial is set to begin August 5.

Last week during his arraignment, Castro pleaded not guilty to 977 kidnapping and rape charges against him. Judge Pamela Barber told him to pay attention, open his eyes and raise his head. During previous court appearances, Castro kept his head low and didn't make eye contact with anyone. Castro has been deemed competent to stand trial.

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The judge said she wanted to make sure Castro understood what was happening in court.

NewsChannel5 will stream Castro's court appearance LIVE on newsnet5.com and on your mobile device with the newsnet5 app.

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