Castro Set for Competency Test Today
Three women want the case over as quickly as possible
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 27, 2013 7:38 AM CDT
Ariel Castro sits before a judge with his defense attorneys, Craig Weintraub, left, and Jaye Schlachet during a pretrial hearing on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Jason Miller)

(Newser) – Ariel Castro will undergo an evaluation to determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial, a judge ordered yesterday. Although the defense and the prosecution agree Castro is competent, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Russo said he wants to make sure Castro is able to understand the charges and assist attorneys in his defense. The examination by a court-appointed doctor likely will be today. "We have absolutely no doubt ... that he's entirely competent, knows exactly what he's doing now and did then," Prosecutor Tim McGinty said in court.

Castro's attorney, Craig Weintraub, told reporters that he believes his client is competent for trial. "The longer this process lasts, the more painful it is for them," said a statement issued on behalf of the three women. "And the more sordid details of this horror that get disclosed in this process, the more painful it is for them," said an attorney representing Michelle Knight. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus' lawyer said the women have faith in the legal process but added, "The simple, honest truth is they would like it to be over. They want this whole thing behind them." McGinty hasn't said if he'll pursue a death sentence for a charge of forced miscarriage involving one woman.

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HANKHILL
Jun 28, 2013 10:15 PM CDT
he is very competent to be a rope tester or a shot tester or even a target at the gun range!!! your choice now get it over with!!!!!!!
irene.fike
Jun 27, 2013 2:14 PM CDT
let the gils get justice the hell with everything else castro deserves death
crankydude
Jun 27, 2013 7:58 AM CDT
How outrageous is it when a defense attorney disagrees, for a judge to hand over our system of justice to a psychologist! She is doing the defendant no favor: if found incompetent he could be confined much longer with much less right or power to regain his freedom. The cult of expertise! It is we that have gone mad.