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point." i'm john berman. stay with cnn for continued coverage of the rescued women in cleveland. "cnn newsroom" with carol costello continues right now. happening now in the "newsroom," home at last. cleveland reuniting and rejoicing. >> we are so happy to have amanda and her daughter home. >> even the ones that doubted, i still want to thank them the most. >> a homecoming and heartache. >> i'm thrilled and all i want to do is hug her and say i love you. >> this morning, a first look at the suspect. >> why are you covering your face? what do you have to say to those women? >> ariel castro faces the judge. >> unimaginable, sickening new details in a police incident report obtained by cnn. >> a baby's birth, an arrest,
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and the tense moments when police entered the home. >> we are told they went into the garage in disguise. >> a special edition of "newsroom" live from cleveland, starts now. >> good morning, i'm carol costello, thank you for being with me. we begin in a cleveland courtroom. ariel castro in chains himself at his arraignment. police call him a big bully. but he didn't act tough in front of the judge. he entered no plea. this was just an initial appearance. charged with four counts of kidnapping, three counts of rape. bond set at $2 million for each case, total, $8 million. i want to take you back into the courtroom, to show you what happened a half hour ago. >> ariel castro.
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charged with kidnap and rape on one charge. kidnapping and rape on the second. kidnapping and rape on the third. and kidnapping on the fourth. >> with respect to mr. castro, he is waiving examination on each case. with respect to bond on mr. castro, mr. castro is 52 years old. he has lived in the area for 39 years. he is on unemployment compensation. and to the best of my knowledge, he has no convictions for felonies or serious misdemeanors. >> good morning, your honor. >> good morning, mr. murphy. >> brian murphy, prosecuting attorney, kay cuyahoga county prosecutor's attorney for the record. the charges against mr. castro are based on premeditated, deliberate and depraved decisions to snatch three young
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ladies from cleveland's west side streets, to be used in whatever self-gratifying, self-serving way he saw fit. two of the victims incurred this horrifyi ining ordeal for more a decade, a third for close to a decade, and the ordeal resulted eventually in the little girl believed to be born to one the women in captivity. they suffered repeated beatings, bound and restrained, and sexually assaulted, basically never free to leave this residence. just as suddenly, unexpectedly, and quite frankly, unek publxpl they reemerged at the home of mr. castro. that home served as mr. castro's residence but a prison for these three women and eventually a child. today, the situation has turned,
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your honor. castro stands before you a captive. in captivity, a prisoner, the women are free to resume their lives that were interrupted. and also with the promise and the hope that justice will be served. to ensure justice will be served. to protect the victims and community that mr. castro manipulated and deceived, the state would ask that the bond be set at $5 million cash or surety in this matter. >> thank you. >> and that he have no contact with the victims or their families, whether he's out on bail or not. >> thank you very much. in these four cases, bond will be set at $2 million for each case. >> all right. our brian todd was in the courtroom for that hearing, and brian is in cleveland right now, outside the courtroom.
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brian, it struck me, castro kept his head down the entire time. tell me more about this man's demeanor? >> that really was striking, carol. he kept his head down the entire time. despondent, didn't make eye contact to anybody, he didn't make eye contact even with his temporary defense attorney who was there with him. he was led in in handcuffs, but not -- he did not have leg shackles on, again, looking very despondent, never spoke. the highlight here, he never entered a plea. this was considered an arraignment hearing, but as the defense attorney explained to us, the formal arraignment will come within about 30 days where he will enter some kind of plea. the judge set bond with four cases at $2 million eacin each case. meaning a total of $8 million. after the hearing, she said that in a sense is a no-bond arrangement. he doesn't have the money to post any of this. he will be held in probably the
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county jail. the cuyahoga county jail. he's been in the city jail, where his defense attorney said he has been on suicide watch and she expects him to be on suicide watch in the cuyahoga county jail. that's where this goes from here. to the fwrand jury, cuyahoga county, no plea by ariel castro. he did not speak. bond at $8 million, $2 million each on four cases. >> the public defender, kathleen dements, we understand she met with him for 30 minutes prior to the court appearance. >> reporter: that's right. she did meet with him and went over some things with him. but she will not comment on what he said or what his demeanor was. she did tell us afterward, he has been on suicide watch and that would be consistent with the demeanor we saw in court. he looked incredibly despondent, almost borderline nonfunctional. looking down the entire time. the prosecutor, brian murphy,
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after the defense attorney kathleen dementz started to talk about his current situation, that he's unemployed, lived on compensation, been here 39 years, the prosecutor went into the litany of allegations against him, saying he acted in a self-serving, self-gratifying way. two women endured a horrifying or deal for more than a decade, one of the women was kidnapped nine years ago, so that's where he parsed that out. but he said the women endured frequent beatings, were bound, were sexually assaulted and then went into the actual procedural material about the bond, things like that. kathleen dementz did indicate to us she will not be his defense attorney in the next stage, the next stage where it goes to the grand jury. she indicated he will get a different attorney, did not say who that would be. >> castro's brothers also in court today. do we know the charges filed against them? tell us about that? >> we do.
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those were pretty much dispossessed of quickly, carol. two. each of them had a count. misdemeanor counts. open container in public and one count of drug abuse. with the charges, one pleaded no contest and fined $100. i didn't quite hear the judge quite clearly on that that was disposed of that, and that was the open contain every charge. onil cast roro, his attorney as to dismiss the charges against him. one was a 12-year-old charge, and he was facing the drug charge and open container, and the judge did grant dismissal. brothers led out of the courtroom, and ariel castro stepped up and faced his charges, where they summarized them and then, of course, the procedural events. >> brian todd, thank you so much. join us in the next hour of "newsroom" with more. this morning's court hearings,
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the first in a long line of court appearances. paul callan, legal analyst. i picture of the alleged victims at home watching this on television. i wonder what they think seeing him on television with his head down like that? >> you have to think after ten years of captivity, held in slifslif slavery in the basement in chains, which are the allegations of the case. they must is have a great feeling of relief that all of it is finally over. we'll find out psychologically how they were affected by this through the years and when you are held captive that long, the psychological impact is tremendous. we've seen it with prisoners of war and stockholm syndrome and a butch bunch of other things that psychologists talk about. we can be sure what they are
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suffering from is very serious. >> i was reading my facebook page. how can you be accused of stealing someone's youth, raping them repeatedly. forcibly impregnating them, forcibly aborting their babies and not face the death penalty? i mean, i know that he won't. >> it's a great question, carol, and i think one of the reasons that the entire country is focused on this case and much of the world by the way is focused on this case is because of that very thought this is the functional equivalent of a murder case. this person has been charged with crimes that involve stealing the lives. the very lives of these three women, and, of course, we know a baby was born in captivity. the fact pattern is so horrific, you wonder why the death penalty wouldn't apply. but in america, the death penalty only applies in murder cases and even in murder cases, as you know, it's very difficult to -- to get an imposition of
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the death penalty. so you won't see that in this case. >> okay, so how does the defense proceed from here? what happens next? >> two things that are going to be going on. the first is that a grand jury investigation is going to now be opened and formal charges, more formal charges lodged later on, more detailed charges as the investigation continues. another arraignment procedure in ohio, where he will be produced in front of a judge. get a different lawyer, probably a different legal aid lawyer unless he finds a way to retain a private attorney. i think we'll see more charges, probably more detailed charges, remember, ten years of crimes here, including rape, involuntary servitude, slavery, unlawful imprisonment, kidnapping, a whole panoply of charges that can be added here. another thing that hasn't been mentioned that people should
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consider. the federal government could move here and take this prosecution over in all probability. federal kidnapping charges could be lodged. now, you have to show there was some involvement in multistate or interstate transportation or commerce. but if he used the phone or used a computer to help in this captivity situation, there is probably a federal crime of kidnapping here as well. >> all right. we'll see what happens and talk to you a little later, paul callan, cnn legal analyst, thank you so much. we're getting a glimpsed behind the padlocked doors and boarded-up windows, cnn obtains police reports of what women told police in their first moments of freedom in years. what they describe of their captivity, well, frankly, it's sickening. cnn's pamela brown has more. >> reporter: the initial incident report obtained by cnn spells out a number of the horrid details. amanda berry's baby born in a
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plastic pool, delivered by michele knight. when the baby was born, she stopped breathing and castro told knight that if the baby died, he'd kill her. amanda berry told police that the baby's father is the company, ariel castro. michele knight was pregnant at least five times by the suspect. each time, forced to abort the baby by starvation and by castro repeatedly punching her in the stomach. none of the women were ever treated by a doctor while in captivity. when police entered the home on monday, no one found in the basement. but as an officer neared the top of the stairs and yelled cleveland police, michele knight through herself into her arms and then michele knight ran out, threw herself into his arms. >> we found them. we found them. >> reporter: amanda berry had hit her breaking point, desperate to get out of the house on seymour avenue. why was she able to escape now, after more than ten years in
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captivity? >> something must have clicked, and she saw an opportunity and she took that opportunity. and i said it the other day and i'll say it today, that she is the true hero. >> reporter: that same source says that the other two women, gina dejesus and michele knight also could have run, but chose not to, even though they were not bound and that reflected the state of mind. the women relied on each other for survival and did interact, though mostly kept in separate rooms. only left the house twice. >> we were told they left the house and went into the garage in disguise so those are the two tiles that were mentioned or that they can recall. >> reporter: the homeowner, 52-year-old ariel castro charged with kidnapping and rape and kidnapping of the 6-year-old daughter.
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>> i charged him with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. >> reporter: carol, according to the incident report, castro was arrested on monday at a nearby mcdonald's. >> pamela brown reporting live from cleveland. and we do know for the first time in a decade, those kidnapping victims in cleveland are home. maybe they watched these court proceedings on television, surrounded by family and friends, zoraida sambolin joins us from cleveland. and she has the story of a guess of a number of emotional homecomings. >> oh, yeah. total happiness in cleveland yesterday. as we are hearing the horrific details and we know these girls have to be surrounded by love and a lot of support, it was really nice to see this homecoming, because that is exactly what they are going to have. after more than a decade of captivity, home at last.
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an entire neighborhood showed out to support gina dejesus. held captive in the same boarded up house as amanda berry and michele knight. shielded by a family member, gina give a thumbs up to the crowd. she was finally free. her father, overjoyed, greeted with high fives and lots of hugs. her mother said she never gave up hope. >> even the ones that doubted, i still want to thank them the most. because they are the ones that made me stronger, the one that made me feel the most that my daughter was out there. >> reporter: blocks away, neighbors, family and friends welcomed another kidnapping victim, amanda berry, she emerged from the police van with her 6-year-old daughter. her sister spoke with a swarm of reporters. >> i want to say we are so happy to have amanda and her daughter home, and at this time our family would request privacy. so my sister and niece and i can
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have time to recover. >> reporter: the third victim, michele knight, remains hospitalized, said to be in good condition. she looks pale, but they hope she will be released soon. >> i hope my daughter lets me see her. i would love to see her. >> reporter: as these three women begin to reclaim their lives, another prominent kidnapping victim, sean horn beck, who vanished in 2002 and reappeared four years later. offered advice. >> family is the strongest thing. that in is my advice, know they are always there for you. >> reporter: and, carol, i have to tell you, yesterday we went over to the dejesus household. we spent a lot of time there talking to family members and the sister, mayra, enveloping gina in her arms, she said gina is doing very well. the first thing she asked for was a burger king chicken
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sandwich, hold the mayo, and that she is teeasing her older sister, not so drink the sugary drinks and she doesn't understand all the commotion and attention surrounding her. she wants to get to life back to normal. really nice to hear that we know there is a long healing process ahead for the young girls. but at the end of the day, being home and surrounded by all of that love is precisely what they need. a really good beginning. >> like that she ordered that sandwich, hold the mayo, some measure of control, right, over her own life. that's awesome. >> reporter: something she can finally do. it is awesome. >> it's a little thing, i'm sure it means a lot to her. zoraida, thank you so much. we want to share a story that begs a haunting question. what if? shou video from a police dashcam. on ariel castro's last known
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brush of the law. >> let me see your driver's license. a driver's license, please. >> what's wrong? >> first off, your plate is improperly displayed. has to be displayed left to right. not upside down or sideways, and other question, why are you riding it? you don't have a helmet on, license to operate it? you subject yourself to arrest. >> turning the plate sideways is an old trick when they have something to hide. because castro was politely and a school bus driver, the officer didn't arrest him. gave him a ticket that was five years ago, and one mile from castro's home, where those three women were allegedly being held captive at that very moment. fast forward to now. the officer said in hindsight, he's glad he didn't arrest castro. if castro had been jailed, those women and an infant child might have been locked away and
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special coverage out of ohio. but we want to talk about the jodi arias trial. we're hearing from jodi arias herself, and she's made it clear, she wants to die. here is cnn ted rowlands. >> do you find the defendant guilty of first degree murder? >> reporter: very little reaction in the courtroom to the guilty verdict. minutes later, an interview with phoenix television station, ksaz. she understand why the jury didn't believe her because of the lies she originally told investigators, but she maintains that she didn't plan the murder of her ex-boyfriend, travis alexander. >> there was no premeditation on my part. i can see how things look that way. but i didn't expect the premeditation. i could see maybe the felony murder because of how the law is written, but i didn't -- the whole time i was fairly confident i wouldn't get premeditation, because there was no premeditation. >> reporter: she also said she hopes the family of travis alex
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understa ander will be able to find peace. alexander's sisters broke down with emotion when the verdict was read. >> we're happy. we can't have travis back, so with that said, this is a good day. >> reporter: outside the courthouse, hundreds of spectators cheered the guilty verdict. some people even overcome with emotion. >> why so emotional? >> you know, justice was served and that's all we needed. >> reporter: the guilty verdict means jodi arias is eligible for the death penalty and she hopes that's exactly what the sentence will be. >> the worst outcome for me would be natural life. i would much rather die sooner than later. longevity runs in my family. pretty healthy, don't smoke, and i would probably live a long time, so that's not something i'm looking forward to. i said years ago i would rather get death than life and that is still true today. i believe death is the ultimate
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freedom, i would rather have my freedom as soon as i can get it. >> ted rowlands joins us from outside the courtroom with ashleigh banfield. welcome to you both. >> thank you. >> hi. ted, i want to start with you. what will happen in court today? >> well, we're starting the penalty phase, carol and it will start with the question to the jurors, was this cruel? was this cruel enough under arizona law to make jodi arias eligible for the death penalty? we expect a fairly shot hearing on that, three or four hours today, may extend to friday, but relatively short, with one witness. if the jury says yes to that answer, then we get into the mitigation phase and that's when this jury will have to decide whether jodi arias lives or dies. >> so, ashleigh, arias says she wants to die. what does her defense team do? >> it appears her defense team doesn't have a whole lot of control over this young women.
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she seems to have quite a constitution on her. carol, most of us have never heard what happened last night. the fact that this woman went out of a courtroom in which a jury decided she was guilty of a first degree murder and in the holding cell conducted a television interview before sentencing phase gets under way is just off the charts frankly. we are told that defense attorneys are unable to do much about it. all the while, i'm sitting here with a motion for discovery for, you know, what is still to come in this case, this one for the victim's impact information. so her lawyers are working hard to save her life still and she's going on off a local television station, saying, yeah, just kill me now, easier than lifetime behind bars, just unconscionable. >> this case quite bizarre all the way through. let's talk about the local interview from the jail cell. she said the jury may not have believed her because she lied. let's listen to more of what she said in the cell.
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>> no jury is going to convict me. >> why not? >> because i'm innocent, and you can mark my words on that one. no jury will convict me. >> did you kill travis alexander on june 4, 2008? >> yes, i did. >> why? >> the simple answer is he attacked me. and i defended myself. i'll always tell the truth. >> well, so you will always tell the truth. so you told the truth to detective flores back then. >> i mean here under oath. >> you said i will always tell the truth. >> i said i will always tell the truth. >> isn't it true you didn't tell the truth to detective flores? >> that's true. >> so, ted, will her lies be a factor in the sentencing phase too? >> well, i think so, because her lies definitely were a huge factor in the guilt phase. they did not believe her, and they came back guilty with premeditation, and then in this interview that she did
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yesterday, she said, oh, you know, i can't believe that they came back that way, there was no premeditation, if juan martinez plays this interview again, i think absolutely her lies will -- >> that's a huge part of mitigation, carol. honestly, when you are trying -- exactly. admitting your wrongdoing and beseeching a jury to forgive you and literally coming to terms with what happened and respect to their decision. >> you got it wrong. there was no premeditation, she's, i hate to say it in this colloquial terms, she's kind of asking for it. >> it went through my mind when she said she wanted to die, didn't quite believe her, because she lied in the past and maybe that's some -- i don't know, some weird strategy she had. >> good point, carol. there are a lot of people exactly like you who say i am not so sure i believe jodi arias. you wouldn't be alone in that. >> she apparently set that interview up. set it up with the reporter and
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said, listen, if i'm found guilty on first degree murder, i want to do the interview right away. and her lawyers said, try to stop her. >> what's interesting to a legal perspective when it comes to the tape that now exists, a lot of secondary phases you don't and to see new evidence, you expect to see a reargument or the mitigators, aggregators being brought in. in this particular sentencing phase, there can be new evidence brought in, and guess what, carol costello, a whole new whack of evidence in a 45-minute interview that juan martinez has every reason to bring into the case now. >> we await it all. ashleigh banfield and ted rowlands. > coming up next, the first congressional hearing into the boston bombings, lawmakers are asking, were there any warning signs we missed?
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. 32 minutes past the hour. we'll have more special live coverage from ohio. but, first, a check of other stories making news this morning. the first capitol hill hearing on the boston bombings under way. the homeland security committee is focusing on law enforcement and emergency responders and events leading up to the attack. lawmakers want to know if there were any warning signs. two passengers from a carnival cruiseship are missing off the coast of australia. police believe a 30-year-old man and 26-year-old woman went overboard some 93 miles from the coast. the search on for the couple, who were not reported missing until the ship docked in sydney. the michael jackson wrongful death trial resumes with jackson's hair and makeup artist taking the stand. jackson was in ill health the weeks before he died. jackson's mother and three children are suing the concert
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promoter in his death. new york city mayor michael bloomberg will veto a bill requiring private employers to offer paid sicktime. the council can override the mayor's veto with a 2/3 vote. the bill exempts some businesses from paying workers for sick time, but they would have to provide workers time off without penalty. the opening bell rang on wall street. dow and s & p opened with record highs that surged since the start of the year. alison kosik at the new york stock ek changs. >> bulls taking a bit of a breathe, despite first time claims for unemployment benefits holding at the lowest level in five years. stocks, quite an amazing run. dow has had 17 -- 17 record highs just this year. look at the average. 15%, just this year, and we're only in may right now. compare that up to 7% of last
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year. that's all the dow gained in the total of last year. everybody wants to know what is behind this? not pure euphoria. there are few alternatives out there with the fed keeping interest rates low, really low interest rates, so you don't get a great return on your investment. dow, 15,000, a huge milestone, a long road to get here, look, during the housing boom that the dow hit 13,000, 14,000, and then with the housing bust, the dow lost over half its value, and now recovery. stocks pretty much flat, though, carol. >> reporting live from the new york stock exchange. still ahead, we'll take you back to cleveland and hear from the mother of michele knight, who says all she wants to do is talk to her daughter. clients are always learning more
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the 2013 lexus gs. this is the pursuit of perfection. more special coverage of the rescued ohio women and their accused abductor. the latest out of cleveland for you. ariel castro faced a judge for the first time. formally charged with kidnapping and rape. bail set, $8 million total. also getting a unique look at castro inside the jail system. >> why are you covering your face? what do you have to say to those women? how could you do that? what kind of monster does this? >> cnn has studied the police report that states amanda berry's daughter, jocelyn was born in a plastic tub, swimming
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pool of some time, by michele night and knight said that castro threatened to kill her if the baby died. and castro got knight pregnant at least five times, but starved and punched her until she miscarried. >> michele knight remains in the hospital. but new details about her torturous time. knight became pregnant at least five times, and you know the rest. knight's mother has not seep her daughter since her ordeal ended. >> emotional. i have been crying off and on and hoping my daughter lets me see her. because i would love to see her. and i didn't get to hear from her. the detectives who called me was supposed to give her my number. that way she could call me and let me know if that was her. just hearing the voice would
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have, you know -- i didn't have no pictures or anything. i gave the police department my last picture that i had. if it wasn't for my older daughter, i probably would have been all over the place. i was hoping and praying all the time and even though i didn't know if she wasn't, i looked up and down on train avenue, somebody told me they seen her down there. at first i have been quiet. it's like i didn't know what to think. i -- i just wanted to hear her voice. just let me know if that's her. you know, at first when i -- when i found out she was missing, main thing i was worried about was finding her body. >> and you did. alive. >> that's the thing that got me. i figured she would be the opposite. because so many people, you know i've seen on tv, they never got
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found. their bodies got buried. i watch the news all the time, stay up to date to see who died and didn't. and there's another michelle and she must have been older than the one i have, and it's like, god, i'm glad it wasn't her. >> talk to me from the heart. what is going on inside you? >> i'm thrilled. and all i want to do is hugger and and say i love you, and i'm glad it wasn't you that died. and it really hurts, because, you know, i haven't seen her in so long, and i can't wait to see her. because she was my daughter and my best friend. >> she hasn't seen her yet. her daughter, michele, remains in the hospital. reportedly in good condition. now 32 years old. knight was 21 when reported missing. you hang in there, that was the message from amanda berry's
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45 minutes past the hour. moments after accused ohio abductor ariel castro met his first court appearance this morning, we have learned he's on suicide watch. tory do tory dunan joins me live from cleveland. he had his hand down the entire time, was handcuffed and a female public defender. >> reporter: an unusual situation. walked in with handcuffs, kept his head down the whole time. many people watching all of this. today, we're finding out more about the charges, what the next steps are, at the same time, we're hearing about some of the horrific details from inside that house. ariel castro makes his first appearance before a judge. he's been charged with four
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counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. his daughter, once a classmate of one of the alleged victims, gina dejesus, had this to say on "good morning america." >> i really want to see you, gina, i want you to meet my kids, i'm so sorry for everything. >> reporter: castro's brothers arraigned on unrelated misdemeanor charges. there is no evidence they were involved in the alleged kidnappings. a terrifying picture is emerging how three young women spent roughly a decade captive in a cleveland home. >> what they told law enforcement was key and a key part in the case. >> reporter: according to an initial incident report, michele knight said she became pregnant at least five times, was starved and kicked in the stomach until she lost the baby. castro forced knight to deliver amanda berry's baby and threatened to kill knight if the
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baby didn't survive. that is the 6-year-old victim rescued with the women. >> the baby is my great grandchild, and i'll love it. it's part of her, part of our life. >> reporter: a law enforcement source says amanda berry, gina dejesus, and michele knight were kept in separate rooms and relied on each other for survival. they saw their families on television, praying for their safe return. to give you a sense of what it's like outside the courtroom, a car drove by which had written on all of the windows, we knew they were coming home, we love you. the community here in cleveland, still coming together. i want to point out we want to point out from hospital officials, michele knight still in the hospital at this time. her condition listed as good. >> some family members say she appears pale, it look s she wil be okay, physically. our viewers know, bail set in the courtroom this morning. tell us about that?
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>> reporter: right. exactly. the judge set the bail at $8 million total. and we know that would be $2 million for each case. the next step in all of this process is going to be a formal arraignment hearing, and we're told that needs to happen within a 30-day period from now. >> tory dunnan live from cleveland. much more from cleveland in the next minutes of newsroom. the lawsutest from lawsuit. where officials are still trying to find a place to bury the bombing suspect. mine was earned in djibouti, africa. 2004. vietnam in 1972. [ all ] fort benning, georgia in 1999. [ male announcer ] usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation. because it offers a superior level of protection and because usaa's commitment to serve military members, veterans, and their families is without equal. begin your legacy, get an auto insurance quote.
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i'll take you back to cleveland in just a minute, but at 51 minutes past the hour, let's check our other top stories this morning. authorities in michigan say blood found in a gas station does indeed belong to a missing 25-year-old woman. she was kidnapped last month from this gas station. police say dna tests confirmed the blood found there is hers. they're looking for a white man in his 30s, about six foot tall with wavy hair parted in the middle. they're also looking for a silver minivan. in utah, prosecutors want to prosecute a teenager as an adult in the death of a soccer referee. he died a week after authorities say he was punched in the face during a soccer match. they've asked a juvenile court judge to move it to adult court. lawmakers have approved a
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10% sales tax on marijuana in colorado. that's on top of the 2.9% state sales tax. they also set a 15% tax on the sale of raw pot to retailers, and lawmakers did set rules for who can sell marijuana. governor is expected to sign the bills into law. colorado, as you know, is the first state to announce such laws. to massachusetts now, where officials are appealing for someone, anyone to bury the body of a suspected older marathon bomber. tamerlan tsarnaev's remains have been at that funeral home in cy worcester since last week. the house homeland security committee is expected to hear from the boston police commissioner and former senator joe lieberman. let's check in with cnn's paula newton. i understand the police chief is
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pressing hard for a solution with what to do with tamerlan tsarnaev's body. what's his idea? >> it's such a bizarre situation in the sense that the funeral home wasn't getting any situation that there would be anywhere to lay this body to rest, and the police chief just having quite a fiasco in his hands. decided to really make the appeal public after calls to the state, to the fed went nowhere. take a listen to the police chief of worcester. >> beyond there, there is a need to do the right thing. we are not barbarians. we bury the dead. so i am publicly appealing to those with authority to provide a burial site, do so, and do so quickly. >> reporter: there is some indication that there was some offer from the state of putting him in a resting place that the correctional services uses here. we followed up. a strange situation. they say they didn't know
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anything of this. that kind of a person cannot be buried in correctional services. i want you to listen to what governor deval patrick told us last night. >> it's a little absurd, but i have to tell you that i don't take responsibility for that. like i said, the family, as any family, has some decisions to make. and i hope they will make them soon. i have a sense of what some of those options are, and they seem to be perfectly good options, but i can't put myself in the place of the family and i'm not going to. >> reporter: the governor was confident, though, that this whole situation would be resolved soon and that victims and their families can just stop all this distraction, because it really hurting them to hear that this is even an issue right now. >> i would suspect that it's costing the city of worcester some money, because they have to guard this funeral home, right? >> $10,000 a day, and worcester could use that money elsewhere.
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many wanting this situation to end. >> joe johns is in expect. what do you expect to happen? >> reporter: boston police commissioner ed davis the key witness today. his prepared remarks indicated he was calling for a hardening of soft targets. in other words, expanded security around big public events like the boston marathon. let's listen to what he said this morning to far. >> there's going to be a lot of conversation about cameras and other technical means. there's no computer that's going to spit out a terrorist's name. >> reporter: surveillance cameras helped identify the suspects in the boston bombing case, but he's also talking about the importance of preserving civil liberties, avoiding turning america's cities into police states. we do expect some talk of funding for homeland security. they also are going to get into the failure of the federal terrorism data bases to help
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identify suspects like tamerlan tsarnaev, who slipped out of the country to russia for six months. >> could the immigration policy come up too today? >> reporter: see, part of the problem here is that it doesn't appear that there are any federal officials on the witness list today, so some of this obviously is going to have to be handled at a later date. but there was some testimony from former connecticut senator joe lieberman, former chairman of the senate homeland security committee. he said the bombings were a failure of the is. he said it would have been hard, but not impossible to have prevented the boston bombings. >> all right, joe johns reporting live for us from washington. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" after a break. [ female announcer ] love. it's the most powerful thing on the planet.
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happening now in the newsroom, home at last. cleveland reuniting and rejoicing. >> we are so happy to have amanda and her daughter home. >> even the ones that doubted, i still want to thank them the most. >> a homecoming and heartache. >> i'm thrilled, and all i want
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to do is hug her and say i love you. >> this morning, a first look at the suspect. >> why are you covering your face? what do you have to say to those women? >> as ariel castro faces a judge, and we get a disturbing picture of what happened on seymour street. >> unimaginable, sickening new details in a police incident report obtained by cnn. >> a baby's birth, the arrest, and the tense moments when police entered the home. >> we were told that they left the house and went into the garage in disguise. >> a special edition of "newsroom" live from cleveland starts now. >> this is cnn breaking news. >> good morning to you. i'm carol costello. i'm going to take you to cleveland in just a minute, but i have to begin with this breaking news out of boston. the issue surrounding tamerlan tsarnaev's body has been resolved. as you know, his body has been in a worcester funeral home for quite some time now. no one wanted to bury his body. well, according to the police department's website, and i'm going to read it to you, because we just got it. this is what it says on the
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worcester police department's website. as a result of our public appeal for help, a courageous and compassionate individual came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased. his body is no longer in the city of worcester and is now entombed. the police chief would like to thank all the officers who worked the security detail at the funeral home and acknowledge their professionalism and dedication. as for who took the body or where the body is now entombed, the police department is not releasing that information. of course, we have our paula newton in boston. she'll do some more digging on the story and we'll bring you any new information as it becomes available to us. now to a courtroom in cleveland, and this morning's arraignment for a man accused of unspeakable cruelty. this is ariel castro, unrecognizable from the big bully police described. bowed, meek, and himself in cha chains. he kept his head down as the judge arraigned him on
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imprisoning three women for years. let's listen. >> i've read the constitutional rights, and also the misdemeanor prisoners. >> thank you very much. >> pedro castro, charged with open container in 2011. >> mr. castro would like to plead no contest to this open container charge. i'd like to point out for the record that this is the only charge that this gentleman has. he's been in jail for four days. i request credit for the four days served. >> it will be four days. >> thank you. >> onil castro.
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in 2001, open container. >> with respect to mr. onil castro, this case is 12 years old. they're minor offenses. we would move to dismiss. >> hear motion to dismiss. >> and i'd like to also point out for the record that these are the only charges that this man has, two minor misdemeanors from 12 years ago. nothing else. thank you. >> ariel castro. charged with kidnapping and rape, kidnapping and rape on the second, kidnapping and rape on the third, and kidnapping on the fourth. >> with respect to mr. castro, he is waiving examination on each case, with respect to bond, mr. castro is 52 years old. he has lived in the area for 39
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years. he is on unemployment compensation. and to the best of my knowledge, he has no convictions for felonies or serious misdemeanors. >> good morning, your honor. >> good morning. >> assistant prosecuting attorney, cuyahoga county prosecutor's office. the charges against mr. castro -- snatched three young ladies from cleveland's west side streets. he used them in a self-gratifying, self-serving way that he saw fit. held the victims in a horrifying ordeal for more than a decade. the thi a little girl born to one of the women.
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there were repeated beatings. they were bound and restrained and sexually assaulted. never free to leave this residence. just as suddenly, unexpectedly, they re-emerged. thankfully and miraculously three days ago at the home of mr. castro. a search of mr. castro's residence. today the situation has turned, your honor. castro is in captivity, a prisoner. the women are free to resume their lives that were interrupted, and also with the promise -- and i hope that justice will be served, to ensure that justice is served, to protect the victims in the community of mr. castro, manipulated and deceived, we ask
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that bond be set at $5 million. thank you. >> thank you. >> and also ask that he have no contact with the victims or their families, whether he is out on bail or not. >> thank you very much. four cases. bond will be set at $2 million on each case. $2 million on each case. thank you very much. >> you're welcome, your honor. >> all right. we want to step outside the courtroom right now and check in with brian todd. he was on hand for that court appearance. as i watched that arraignment, i was struck by castro's demeanor.
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he appears defeated, kind of cowardly. what did it look like to you? >> absolutely the same way, carol. he was despondent. he looked down. he did not respond to anything. he never spoke. he was led in in handcuffs but not in leg shackles, but he walked in kind of a stilted manner and was very wooden and looked down the entire time. one moment that kind of struck me was when the judge set the bail and kind of went over some technicalities that one of our cameras zoomed in on his attorney talking to him. he didn't even make eye contact with her. he was looking down the entire time. the only time we saw him do anything is when he signed some kind of waiver, i believe waiving examination. he almost looked nonfunctional in the courtroom today. we talked about the bail there. the judge set that at $8 million total. that's $2 million for each of the four cases. there were four cases laid out against him, kidnapping and rape
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involving three of the victims, and kidnapping involving the fourth victim. those were the four cases. a total of $8 million in bail set for ariel castro. afterward, his defense attorney told us that essentially that means it's a tno-bond hearing. he doesn't have the kind of money to get out. he'll be transferred from the city jail to the cuyahoga county jail. his temporary attorney told us that he's been on suicide watch in the city jail. she imagines, expects that he will also be on suicide watch in the county jail. >> when you talk about that fourth victim, they're talking about the little girl, 6-year-old jocelyn. he's also charged with kidnapping in her case. >> that's correct. >> i don't quite understand that. we'll ask the defense attorney about that in just a second. describe the physicality of this man. is he small? is he large? it's hard to tell. >> i'd say he's about 5'8", but again, he was slouched over, and
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walking in a very stilted manner. it's hard to really tell with someone when you're eyeballing him like that what he looks like when he's in normal circumstances walking around. he appears to be maybe 5'8", 5'9", he was slouched over. again, it looked like his eyes were almost closed. it's hard to tell what else might have influenced him. again, he's been on suicide watch, according to his defense attorney. he did look almost nonfunctional, like he may have understood what was going on around him, but he didn't show any signs of it. >> his brothers appeared in court on unrelated charges. i think they were suspected of having open containers, and they'll probably be released later today. but they were all in the courtroom at the same time. did they look at one another? did they talk at all? >> no, they never looked at one another. they never talked at all. the brothers were led in first. and they seemed to be a lot more coherent than ariel castro did. they were looking around. they did not speak.
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none of the defendants spoke. but the brothers came in, looked straight at the judge and were able to at least make eye contact with their defense attorney. there were two open container charges, one for each brother. onil castro faced a drug abuse charge. his charges were 12 years old. those were dismissed. pedro castro faced an open container charge for which he pleaded no contest. he was charged $100 in court costs. and as you mentioned, they're both going to be let go very soon. >> were there any victims -- not victims, because i know they weren't there, but family members of victims? were they in the courtroom? >> not that we saw, carol. the cram wourtroom was packed, t was mostly media members. there were some police officers, prosecuting officials there, the judge, of course, but no family members or anybody like that who we could recognize in the courtroom. it was mostly media and officials of the court. >> all right, brian todd, thanks so much. ariel castro was able to meet
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with an attorney, as you know, shortly before he made his first court appearance. holly hughes, she is a criminal defense and former prosecutor not involved with this case. holly joins us now. good morning. >> good morning, carol. >> actually, that struck me too that his public defender was a woman. >> luck of the draw. whoever happens to be catching cases when it comes in, sort of like your homicide detectives. whoever is on shift, whoever is there. if you're up next, you get assigned. >> well, brian todd said he didn't really react to her at all. >> well, he's not in control anymore. when we look at these type of criminals, the type who exercise just total control. and not just physical control, carol. this is about psychological control. chaining these women, torturing them all these years. it's all about his own world. now that he has no control of what's happening in the courtroom, he's not going to engage. he's not going to bother. we see his attitude towards women. he's probably not going to be very cooperative with this woman until it clicks i'm trying to
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save the rest of your life. i'm trying to help you out here. and then he may cooperate a little bit. >> i'm sure the victims are obviously terrified of this man. i don't know if they were watching television at the time, but i would imagine if they saw his demeanor on television, it would present an entirely different picture of this man. >> i'm sure it would. and remember how young these girls were when they were snatched, when they were stolen from society, carol. they were teenagers. we're talking about 14 and 17 and 19, somewhere in that age range. so that's the time, you know, the stranger offers you a ride, oh, okay, that's great. but once you get into his vehicle, your entire life as you know it disappears, and that's the psychological torture. that's the beating down, that control. and then it turns into stockholm syndrome, which you rely on this person to literally keep you alive, to give you food. so you're going to at some point over a tenured captivity sort of
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look to them for that sustenance, for that life. >> okay, so you're a defense attorney. >> i am now. but i prosecuted for ten years. >> let's talk about this from a defense attorney angle. >> sure, absolutely. >> because how would you defend this man? >> well, there is no defense. basically what they're going to have to do is look into filing a psychological evaluation on him and basically saying is there something where we can plead him insane, and crazy doesn't necessarily mean legally insane. it's a very high standard. when we get into a court of law, even though all of us are going that's just nuts what he did, the legal standard is much higher. it's called the mcnaughton rule. did you know the difference between right and wrong? and clearly, if you're chaining people up, you know it's wrong. because otherwise you would just leave the door open and you could come and go as you please. so i think they're going to have a very, very difficult road here. and ultimately what they're going to look to do is get him the best plea bargain they can.
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>> you can't defend this. believe me, a lot of my female friends say this man stole these women's youth. he forcibly impregnated him. forcibly kicked them in the stomach to abort their babies. and he can't face the death penalty? i know a number of my female friends who would want him to. >> that's exactly right. there again, you open up that big debate. certain states have it, certain states don't. so had he done this in another state, would he be facing the death penalty? some states are now looking into making rape an offense that's punishable by the death penalty. so there's all sorts of things happening there. >> holly hughes, thank you so much for being with us this morning. we appreciate it. we want to talk about the police report. the details coming out of that police report are just horrendous. holly, i want to keep you here,
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because we don't have our reporter in the field. we're having a technical issue. but in reading this police report, it's just insane. the little girl jocelyn, amanda berry's child -- and we assume that ariel castro is the father. jocelyn was born in a plastic pool, and michelle knight was there during the birth. and supposedly, according to the police report, during this whole time, ariel castro is standing by and saying to michelle knight "don't let this baby die." michelle knight, she doesn't know how to birth a baby. >> exactly. well, once again, the attitude towards women. well, you're female, you figure it out. you ought to know how to do this. that whole dismissiveness. and threatening her, telling her if that baby dies, i'm killing you. you're next. >> at one point according to the police report, the baby stopped breathing and michelle knight breathed mouth to mouth. i know that michelle knight says, according to the police report, that she was impregnated
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five times, and that ariel castro allegedly starved her. >> right. >> and punched her in the stomach. could he be charged for forcibly -- allegedly forcibly causing her to lose her babies? >> it depends what type of laws they have, but he could be charged with aggravated assault certainly for each one of those, aggravated battery. those will carry 20-year penalty ranges. so he can be charged with a myriad of things. because the whole problem -- if you wanted to charge him with performing an illegal abortion, so to speak, you'd have to prove intent. so is he just mean and he's kicking you, well that's aggravated assault. the safe charge would be to go ahead and charge him with those type of offenses because you don't have to worry about the intent. was he really trying to abort the baby or was he just a mean s.o.b. and punching you around like he did on so many other occasions when you weren't pregnant. >> holly hughes, thank you so
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looked rather pathetic. does that surprise you? >> no, actually, not at all. we find that domestic violence offenders tend to have two sides to them. to the outside world, sometimes they are charming, sometimes they're just functioning like every other person, but behind closed doors, it's a different story. i think today, he was just presenting himself the way he could. >> we found out from court documents that in 2005, his then wife, his former wife accused him of terrible domestic violence. broke her ribs, her nose. as far as we know, castro was never charged with any of this. and i was just wondering because there were never consequences with allegedly mistreating women, did that empower him in some way? >> yes. actually, we find on a regular basis that if domestic violence
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offenders are not held accountable, they then have the confidence to continue that behavior. it empowers them to continue to do physical assaults, emotional attitudes and mind games and manipulation. domestic violence is all about power and control. and if they think they can get away with it, they'll continue. what we know about domestic violence is that it continues in both severity and frequency. if they're not held accountable, they are empowered to continue that pattern. >> and something else that surprises me, when you interview members of castro's family, even his daughter who was on "good morning america" this morning said he was never -- never seemingly a violent man, yet for years, he allegedly abused his wife and she filed papers in court. >> yeah. it is very interesting. i think domestic violence is very complicated, and that's why a lot of people don't understand why someone stays in a relationship. that's the number one question that we get on a regular basis.
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however, it is something about being very secretive, very deceptive. the tactics that castro seems to have used with the three victims are classic tactics with what a domestic violence offender does. isolation was number one. he clearly isolated them in this house. he also did a lot of emotional manipulation. and i think one of the things that people find it hard to believe is that when they learn someone's a domestic violence offender, they're surprised because they don't always show that side of them. and family members and friends. it winds up being something that can take people by surprise. it seems like the person is living a normal life. >> so back to those court filings from 2005, the former wife alleges he broke her ribs, broke her nose a couple of times. she was afraid of him. she filed for a protective order. as far as we know, as i said, no charges were filed. and i know you don't know the specific case, but why do you
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suppose charges were not filed? even if his former wife decided not to in the end file charges against him, still would police have to file charges against him anyway? >> well, domestic violence in ohio, we have a law that is called preferred arrest. and so that is when the police go to a domestic violence call, they need to arrest the offender. if they don't, they have to know why. so this is an interesting case in that it seems to be the alleged charges are severe. and so it does seem to be unusual that even if i heard reports that the attorney didn't show up, or a variety of things. but whatever it is, it is -- domestic violence is the state against the offender. it is not the individual. and so usually there are documents. whether it's police reports, hospital reports -- and this is what we tell victims all the
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time. make sure you create a paper trail, because it winds up being he says, she says. if there's not that paper trail, it can be difficult. domestic violence is the number one call in all major cities, and believe it or not, in most suburban. the only thing that might trump that is traffic calls. this is one in four women are victims of domestic violence and it's something that we as a society need to become better at responding. whether it's law enforcement, justice system, we need to take domestic violence more seriously in that whenever there is an allegation, we need to make sure that we're doing everything we can to follow up, to hold that offender accountable, and really to keep the victim safe. somebody said what would have happened if he was held accountable? would all of this have occurred? it's a good question. if he was held accountable, that might have been the end of it. so as i don't know the specifics of that case and why it did not go forward, we do see a lot of domestic violence cases in which the offender is not charged or
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the sentence is not as severe. and that creates more safety issues for the victim. >> absolutely. linda johanek, thank you for all that you do for abused women. it's terrific. >> oh, thank you. >> thank you, linda. we'll be right back.
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for being with me. more special coverage out of ohio, but first, we have to talk about the jodi arias trial. the jury will soon now have to decide if arias will live or die after it convicted her of first-degree murder. we're also hearing directly from
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jodi arias. she's making it crystal clear, she wants to die. here's cnn's ted rowlands. >> do you find the defendant guilty? >> reporter: jodi arias had very little reaction to the guilty verdict, but minutes later, she did an interview with kxaz. arias says she understands why the jury didn't believe her because of the lies she originally told investigators, but she maintains that she didn't plan the murder of her ex-boyfriend travis alexander. >> there was no premeditation on my part. i can see how things look that way, but i didn't expect the premeditation. i could see maybe the felony murder because of how the law is written, but the whole time i was fairly confident i wouldn't get premeditation because there was no premeditation. >> reporter: she also said she hopes the family of travis alexander will be able to find peace. in the courtroom when the verdict was read, alexander's
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sisters broke down with emotion. >> they're happy. you know? we'd rather have travis back, but we can't have travis back. so with that said, this is a good day. >> reporter: outside the courthouse, hundreds of spectators cheered the guilty verdict. some people were even overcome with emotion. why are you so emotion? >> justice was served and that's all we needed. >> reporter: the guilty verdict means jodi arias is eligible for the death penalty, and arias says she hopes that's exactly what her sentence will be. >> the worst outcome for me would be natural life. i would much rather die sooner than later. longevity runs in my family, pretty healthy, i don't smoke, and i would probably live a long time. so that's not something i'm looking forward to. i said years ago that i'd rather get years than life and that still is true today. i believe death is the ultimate freedom, so i'd rather just have my freedom as soon as i can get
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it. >> reporter: because of what she says, specifically about wanting to be put to death, she is now on suicide watch from the sheriff's department here in phoenix. she'll be back in court along with this jury as the penalty phase kicks off this afternoon. >> all right, ted rowlands reporting live from phoenix. we want to talk more now about what's going to happen in court later today. joining us is lisa bloom. welcome, lisa. >> hi, how are you doing? >> i'm good. thank you for being with me. jodi arias has mentioned suicide before. now she's saying she wants the death penalty. so what's a defense attorney to do? >> well, this is a really fascinating issue, and 137 people have volunteered for the death penalty in the united states in the last generation and gotten it. people can be put to death because they volunteer for it, but we still have to go through the system. the jury still has to sentence her to death. that hasn't happened yet, and the prosecution has to meet its burden of proof, and showing that this was an especially
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depraved or cruel crime in order to do that. jodi can instruct her attorneys to not oppose the death penalty. the court would have to find her competent to do that. in one case in arizona, the last one i could find in 2007 where a death penalty inmate volunteered for the death penalty, he spent seven years proving his competency to make that decision before the arizona courts said okay, we think you're competent, and they did, indeed, put him to death. >> so it's possible jodi arias could take the stand in this next phase of the court proceedings, right? and she could say from the stand i want the death penalty, right? would her lawyers let her do that? >> yes, again, if she is competent to do that, she's entitled to do that. it's a very strange intersection of the law, because it's illegal for people to commit suicide. as you point out, she's on suicide watch in prison. we don't let people commit suicide in prison. the one place in america where we do let people commit suicide
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is if they are convicted of murder, if they are sentenced to death, if they are found competent, those people can be put to death. we call it sometimes suicide by court. >> so in your gut, and i know that this has been one of the most bizarre trial proceedings ever in the history of the united states, the jury did convict her of first-degree murder, which means premeditation. do you think they'll vote for the death penalty as well? >> you know, that's a very hard call. i don't think it's open-and-shut at all for death. they're going to have to weigh the aggravating factors, the mitigating factors. the mitigating factors would be her age. she's relatively young. she doesn't have any criminal history, as far as i know. she may have some history of mental disturbance. if her attorneys decide to fight the death penalty, that's the kind of evidence i would expect to hear. if she persuades the court that she's competent and instructs her attorneys not to fight, then she can simply take the stand and tell the jury i want the death penalty, so that's the big decision that she and her
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attorneys are probably grappling with behind closed doors today. it's one thing to say that to a news camera. it's another thing to face a jury and say i want to be put to death. >> lisa bloom, thank you so much. we appreciate it. >> thank you. much more from cleveland coming your way next in the newsroom. i i had pain in my abdomen...g. it just wouldn't go away. i was spotting, but i had already gone through menopause. these symptoms may be nothing... but they could be early warning signs of a gynecologic cancer,
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this is cnn breaking news. >> before we take you back to cleveland, i have to tell you about this breaking news. the remains of tamerlan tsarnaev, his body has now been entombed. police in worcester, massachusetts, said someone stepped forward to take the body after several cemeteries refused to bury him. let's head live to boston and check in with paula newton. do we know who took the body? >> reporter: that is exactly the point, carol. we don't and they are refusing to disclose any information about where those remains have gone and who decided that they would be able to entomb tsarnaev's remains. i want you to listen now to a statement from worcester police. >> as a result of our public appeal for help, a courageous and compassionate individual
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came forward to provide the assistance needed to properly bury the deceased. his body is no longer in the city of worcester and is now entombed. >> reporter: this definitely ends the drama as far as the city of worcester is concerned. the problem now, carol, is you wonder if this is really going to be the end of this whole saga. speaking with victims' families in the last week, i can tell you they have very mixed feelings about everything that was going on. at the same time, the worcester police chief said this is a problem, this man is dead, we need to bury him. his quote, "we are not barbarians." it seems like worcester is relieved that finally this situation has been resolved. >> i did find it striking that the police chief described the person that took the body as courageous and compassionate. i completely understand why police may not want to release that courageous and compassionate person's name.
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>> reporter: absolutely. in terms of pointing out -- this has been pointed out to us by authorities. controversial killers, murderers, many people have been buried. the most recent probably adam lanza, the man responsible for those newtown shootings. no one knows where he is buried. he was buried quietly by his family. it is wish of worcester police and the family of tamerlan tsarnaev that no one ever knows where he is actually entombed. carol? >> paula newton reporting live from boston this morning. we'll head back to cleveland after a break. mine was earned in djibouti, africa. 2004. vietnam in 1972. [ all ] fort benning, georgia in 1999. [ male announcer ] usaa auto insurance is often handed down
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let's get back to cleveland now and the latest developments. just a short time ago, an ohio judge set bail for ariel castro at $8 million. castro has been formally charged with kidnapping and rape. and we're getting a look at castro inside the jail system,
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too. >> why are you covering your face? what do you have to say to those women? how could you do that? what kind of monster does this? >> wow. cnn has also studied the police report, a police report that states amanda berry's daughter jocelyn was born in a plastic tub and delivered by fellow captive michelle knight. knight told police castro threatened to kill her if that baby died. knight also said castro got her pregnant at least five times and he starved and punched her until she miscarried. we also have new footage of ariel castro this morning. he's the man accused of these terrible crimes. in 2008, castro was pulled over by cleveland police. watch what happens. actually, martin savidge has our story. >> it's a little after 8:30 p.m. on thursday, june 12th, 2008 on the west side of cleveland. the traffic officer is on patrol
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when he spots a motorcyclist whiz past. it's ariel castro. what catches the officer's eye and probably was too quick for you was the license plate on the back of the bike is turned sideways. he says that is an old trick when riders have something to hide. so the officer follows castro into the gas station and confronts him. >> a driver's license. what's wrong? >> reporter: castro, it turns out, doesn't have a motorcycle driver's license and that is a serious offense. it could lead to his arrest. and it may be why castro seems nervous. this, by the way, is the last known interaction that castro has with law enforcement before he was arrested last monday, a little less than five years later. and notice how polite castro is when the officer comes back with the other news. the plates on the bike don't belong to that bike.
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>> these plates don't belong to this bike, do they? what year model is this? >> this is a 2000. >> where's the harley? you keep getting deeper and deeper and deeper. >> i know, but i just got off of work, i'm a school bus driver. >> reporter: castro makes his plea, seeking sympathy, saying that he's a school bus driver. in the end, the officer gives castro two tickets. one for not having a motorcycle operator's license and another for the incorrect license plates. the officer could have arrested him, but he lets him go, and it appears his politeness and the fact that he is a school bus driver has bought him some slack. the officer drives off. 20 minutes later, we see castro again, pushing his motorbike for the mile it will take him to get to the house back on seymour. martin savidge, cnn, cleveland. >> and now castro is in the
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county jail in cuyahoga county. he's being held on $8 million bond and charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rain. we'll be right back.
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. all right, let's head to capital hill for just a minute to take a look at a press conference. as you can see, it has not started yet. we're expecting the republican
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house speaker john boehner to hold his weekly presser at any moment. our dana bash is getting into place. we expect him to either talk about benghazi, perhaps, or maybe the economy. when john boehner begins speaking, we'll take you back to capitol hill live. right now, though, we want to get you up to date about the latest from cleveland. the grandmother of kidnapping survivor amanda berry is speaking out this morning. she says it's a miracle she was able to speak to her granddaughter on the phone. amanda berry, as you know, vanished in 2003. she gave birth to a daughter in captivity. her grandma, fern gentry, spoke to cnn. >> oh, my lord. she's alive and i talked to her after all that time, which i never thought i ever would. but i didn't give up hope. and i'm glad she's okay.
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>> all right, we're going to head back to capitol hill and house speaker john boehner. let's listen. >> we learned that on september 12th, the day after the attacks, and four days before susan rice's tv appearances, a senior state department official e-mailed her superiors to relay that the libyan ambassador -- she had told the libyan ambassador that the attack was conducted by islamic terrorists. the state department would not allow our committees to keep copies of this e-mail when it was reviewed. would call on the president to order the state department to release this e-mail so that the american people can see it. we also know that the white house continues to claim it only made stylistic changes to the talking points used by susan rice. ignoring the fact that senior white house officials directed the changes being made to those
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talking points. our committee's interim report quotes specific e-mails where the white house and state department insisted on removing all references to the terrorist attack to protect the state department from criticism for providing inadequate security. while a few of our members were able to review these e-mails, they were not allowed to keep them or to share them with others. i would call on the president to release these unclassified interagency e-mails so that the american people can see them. the president said, and i'll quote, would be happy to cooperate with the congress in any way the congress wants. well, this is his chance to show his cooperation so that we can get to the truth of what happened in benghazi. four americans lost their lives in this terrorist attack.
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congress is going to continue to investigate this issue using all the resources at our disposal. yesterday, the leader announced that the house will vote next week on repealing the president's health care law. the law should be repealed because it's increasing the cost of health care, it's reducing access to quality health care, and frankly, it's making it much more difficult for small employers to hire workers. this morning, senator mcconnell and i informed the white house that we will not submit any names or recommendation for individuals to serve on the individual payment advisory board, i paipad, as we call it around here. this is a board of 15 elect une, unaccountable individuals.
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the -- we should repeal the entire law that created this board, and enact a step by step common sense approach to health care that starts with lowering costs. and lastly, today the president is on another jobs tour, or as the media described it this morning, his latest pivot back to jobs. the obama administration promised that if its stimulus plan was enacted, the unemployment rate today would be approximately 5%. but the unemployment rate is at 7.5%. what the president doesn't seem to understand is that it's his policies that are undermining economic growth and job creation. i run a small business. it's no surprise to me that the economy is struggling. we've had four years of slow, anemic economic growth and job growth. and frankly, it's unacceptable.
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america desperately needs robust economic growth and job creation. >> all right, we're going to jump out of this news conference by the republican house speaker john boehner. he issued a rather scathing attack against democrats, and particularly president obama and the ambassador to the united nations susan rice on the issue of benghazi. as you know, susan rice initially told the nation the attack on the consulate in benghazi was inspired by a youtube video. in hearings yesterday, several state department employees testified before congress, and said they knew from the get-go that this was not -- this attack was not inspired by a youtube video. this was, indeed, a terror attack and that susan rice was apparently not telling the truth to the nation. boehner is now urging the president to release classified e-mails so that republicans and the nation can continue to get to the bottom of this. and then he moved on to obama care and said that the law should be repealed because it's causing small employers concern
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i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me today. "cnn newsroom" continues right now. hello, everyone. i'm ashleigh banfield reporting live, where justice is finally catching up with a woman named jodi arias, hours after her first-degree murder conviction in the grisly death of her boyfriend travis alexander. ther w