While he apologized to his victims, he claimed they asked for sex and did not torture them.
Ariel Castro’s lawyer said two requests were made for independent psychological evaluations to be conducted on his client, but both were denied.
Craig Weintraub noted those requests Wednesday morning after Castro, 53, was found hanged in his cell the night before.
Castro had only been in the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, for a short time.
Weintraub called the denial of the psych evaluation requests “concerning.”
“I’m not so sure that they necessarily care if someone is suicidal,” Weintraub said of the prison system. They have their jobs to do and that’s to really try to protect inmates from harming each other if they can, and give them food and that’s about it.”
Castro, a convicted rapist and kidnapper, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 1,000 years on Aug. 1.
A plea deal took the death penalty off the table.
“Isn’t that the irony in all of this?” Weintraub said of the way Castro died. “This whole thing is very surprising. I figured eventually the prison system would wear him down and if he was suicidal then he may have taken his own life later on, but not so early on, and so that’s what concerns me about the events that transpired.”
Castro abducted Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus from the west side of Cleveland in 2002, 2003 and 2004 respectively then held them in his Seymour Avenue home for about a decade. They escaped in May.
The house and two adjacent homes have since been torn down.
Weintraub said that although Castro did not seem to express remorse in the courtroom, he did later “in his own way” and that Castro wished he had gotten help years ago.
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