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Abortion Law Could Mean Execution for Accused Cleveland Captor

Updated: Friday, May 10 2013, 07:53 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Prosecutors are planning to use Ohio's forced abortion law to pursue the death penalty in their case against the man accused of holding three women and a little girl captive in his home.

Ariel Castro is accused of starving and beating at least one of his captives to end pregnancies that occurred during a decade of rape and torture.

Franklin Co. Prosecutor Ron O'Brien told ABC 6/FOX 28 state law allows perpetrators of forced abortions to be tried for aggravated murder, no matter how long the victim had been pregnant.

The law took effect in Ohio in 1996, and has been used in Franklin Co. at least 6 times.Abortion Law Could Mean Execution for Accused Cleveland Captor


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