ariel castro

Ariel Castro

Now this is interesting.

Lawyers for Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping, rape and alleged abduction of three Cleveland women, will have their client plead not guilty.

“The initial portrayal of him is one of a quote ‘monster,’ and that is not the impression that I got,” Craig Weintraub, one of Castro’s two attorneys said on the “Today” show Wednesday morning.

“He is a human being, but what is offensive is that the women and the media want to demonize this man before they know the whole story, and I think it’s unfair and not equitable,” Castro’s co-counsel, attorney Jaye Schlachet added.

While prosecutors have alleged that Castro, 52, operated a torture chamber and private prison, keeping the women – Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight – incarcerated and often chained for up to a decade inside his Cleveland home, Castro’s attorneys say they know the whole story, which will come out as the case moves ahead.

“I am aware of how he came in contact with them,” Weintraub said in the interview about the three victims. He stopped short of going into details of the defense’s strategy.

A not-guilty plea would send the case to trial, which could force the three women to testify and, as experts have pointed out, re-live what authorities say took place in the house.

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