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Cleveland kidnap suspect Ariel Castro to plead not guilty

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FILE - This undated file photo provided by Cuyahoga County Jail shows Ariel Castro. Cleveland officials are trying to keep Castro's house, where three women were imprisoned for a decade, intact until his trial is concluded. (AP Photo/Cuyahoga County Jail, File)The Associated Press

The Cleveland man police say held three women in captivity for about a decade will plead not guilty to the charges, Fox News confirms.

Earlier, Ariel Castro's attorneys Craig Weintraub and Jay Schlachet told WKYC-TV that their client has been portrayed as a "monster" in the media, and after meeting with him Tuesday they don't see him that way.

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Weintraub says it's unfair and offensive that "the media and the community want to demonize this man before they know the whole story."

Schlachet says details of Castro's innocence "will be disclosed as the case progresses."

Weintraub also says Castro "loves dearly" the child he fathered with alleged kidnap victim Amanda Berry while she was in captivity.

Castro is charged with kidnapping and raping Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

The Associated Press contributed to this report 

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