By Tony Hanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia judge today rejected most defense motions to dismiss charges against four defendants in the Tacony basement captives’ case.READ MORE: Triple Shooting At Penn's Landing Leaves 3 Teenagers Injured: Philadelphia Police
The defendants allegedly held their victims, some of whom had mental or physical disabilities, captive for up to a decade to steal their benefits and other funds (see previous story).
The prosecution alleges that ringleader Linda Weston and others held and transported the victims to Philadelphia from Texas, Florida, and Virginia, lugging them around “like suitcases in the trunk of a car,” and held them in locked closets and basements.
Today, the judge in the case rejected motions to dismiss kidnapping, assault, and other serious charges, but did dismiss a count of “neglect for a dependent care person.”READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Heat Advisory In Effect Until Sunday Evening As Temperatures Hit Record Highs
Weston’s attorney, Geroge Yacoubian Jr., says that charge wasn’t appropriate since she wasn’t a designated caregiver:
“A nurse, somebody in a nursing home, for example, somebody who comes to your home, a home health aide, et cetera. That statute is designed to protect people from individuals who are supposed to be protecting them.”
Weston and the other three defendants remain in custody and are scheduled to face trial in January of next year.MORE NEWS: Betts Falls Triple Shy Of Cycle, Leads Dodgers Past Phillies