Trio to Face Fewer Charges in Basement Lockup Case
Philadelphia – Three people indicted for locking up mentally disabled adults in filthy and cramped quarters while spending their Social Security checks will face fewer charges when they head to trial on January, reports said.
No evidence was found in the notion that the three defendants were the official caretakers of the victims, said a Philadelphia judge Friday. Charges of neglect of a care-dependent person were subsequently dropped.
The defendants, Linda Weston, 52, Gregory Thomas, 47, and Eddie Wright, 50, will face trial on kidnapping, conspiracy and assault, among all other charges.
Weston and company allegedly locked at least five mentally disabled adults in basements, closets, and attics for over 10 years, the authorities said. It was last October when a landlord found the victims—three men and two women—locked in a boiler room.
All the defendants are still in custody.
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