CLEVELAND – New details in the case of three Cleveland area women held captive for nearly a decade.
The Cuyahoga County Capital Review Committee gathered Thursday to review Ariel Castro’s case.
The committee is reviewing the case based on the June’s 329-count indictment. The committee will decide whether or not to seek the death penalty.
The CRC’s recommendation will then be presented to the county prosecutor.
Castro’s attorneys were invited to provide mitigating evidence to the committee to factor into their decision making process. Jaye Schlachet, Castro’s attorney told NewsChannel5 Thursday that the mitigating evidence supplied to the CRC is not public record.
The prosecutor’s office said it’s unknown when the CRC’s decision will be made public at this time.
If the county prosecutor accepts the CRC’s recommendation to seek a superseding indictment to include the capital specification, making it a death penalty-eligible case, the case shall be re-presented to a grand jury. Upon re-presentment, the grand jury shall be informed that the State is seeking to include capital specifications that will make the defendant eligible for the death penalty in a capital case.
The capital review committee consists of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office employees and must meet within 30 days of the case’s original indictment.
If a superseding indictment is filed against Castro, the CRC could reconvene.
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Could a Capital Review Committee Decide if Ariel Castro Gets Death? was originally published on wzakcleveland.com