Opening statements set in Ohio slave labor trial
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 07:27

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys are set to outline their arguments at the Ohio trial of two people charged with enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years with her child.

Opening statements were scheduled Wednesday in federal court in Youngstown at the trial of 27-year-old Jordie Callahan and 32-year-old Jessica Hunt. They pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say the victim was forced to do housework in Ashland while she and her child were threatened with a python or pit bulls. The defendants are accused of looting her bank account and public assistance.

Police got involved when the woman was arrested for shoplifting a candy bar and asked to be jailed because people had been mean to her.

The judge says the trial could last three weeks, and 60 witnesses may testify.


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