Prosecutors may seek death penalty in Cleveland kidnapping case

CREATED May 9, 2013 - UPDATED: May 9, 2013

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CLEVELAND - Prosecutors may seek the death penalty in the "House of Horrors" case in Cleveland.

The man accused of kidnapping three women and holding them for a decade kept them bound, and did whatever he wanted to them over the years. The sex assault charges against him could number in the hundreds.

Ariel Castro did not say a word in court on Thursday and even tried to hide his face from the cameras during his appearance.

During the brief arraignment, the judge set bond at $8 million. His two brothers also appeared in court, but on unrelated charges. Based on interviews with the women, prosecutors don't think they had anything to do with the kidnappings.

Former federal prosecutor and Newsradio 620 WTMJ host Jeff Wagner talks about why this is such a rare move on behalf of the prosecution in Cleveland.