Ariel Castro will be evaluated to make sure he's competent to stand trial.
Judge Michael Russo referred Castro for the evaluation this morning during a pre-trial hearing.
"I have to make sure that (the case) will stand up in the future and also that he's afforded all his rights in the present," Russo said.
According to Russo, it is presumed in Ohio that a defendant is competent. But he wants to be absolutely sure that Castro is fit for trial.
The prosecution says they're sure Castro is competent, but they respect the Russo's desire to get it right.
Castro once again kept his head down during the hearing and only said a few words when asked if he understood what was going on.
He's accused of holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for a decade. His next pretrial hearing is set for next Wednesday.