State to pay cost of Cleveland kidnapper autopsy

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state prisons agency has agreed to reimburse county taxpayers for the autopsy of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro after his prison suicide last year.

Gary Mohr, director of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, cited the "unique and extraordinary" circumstances of Castro's September death at the Correctional Reception Center in Pickaway County.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1aywwBM ) that Mohr agreed late last year to foot the $1,100 bill.

Though Castro's autopsy was conducted in Franklin County, state law places the responsibility for autopsy costs on the county where the death occurred.

The 53-year-old Castro hanged himself while awaiting transfer to a permanent prison to serve a life sentence plus 1,000 years for imprisoning and raping three women in his Cleveland home over a decade.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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