JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Will we see more charges in the case against a Cleveland man accused of kidnapping three women and holding them for nearly 10 years? One local attorney says we very well may.
"Potentially every day there was a new crime committed against each of these victims," says WOKV legal expert Mark Rubin.
He says that could mean hundreds if not thousands of charges against Ariel Castro that could range from kidnapping to false imprisonment to even murder.
"If this man is convicted of anything, he'll be convicted of everything."
To charge him with murder, however, Rubin says the prosecution will have to find out at what point in the gestation period Castro was beating his pregnant captives and whether the fetus was considered alive at that point under Ohio law.
"When in the gestation period did he commit these crimes of battery against these victims...if it was a late-term battery then it could be charged as a murder."
Prosecutors say they may also seek the death penalty against the 52-year-old Castro.