The Ohio man accused of imprisoning three young women in his home in Cleveland for more than a decade has pleaded not guilty to more than 300 charges, including rape, kidnapping and murder.
Former school bus driver Castro faces charges in connection with the imprisonment of Gina De Jesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry, who were freed from his house on May 6.
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