5th Suspect in Philly Basement Cruelty Case

Heather Smith - Monday, February 06, 2012

A judge has ordered a man to stand trial in the case of four mentally disabled adults found locked in a Philadelphia basement.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Thursday's decision reverses an earlier ruling that dropped all charges against Eddie Wright.

The 51-year-old will now face trial on assault, kidnapping and related charges. Prosecutors said Wright played a role in a scam to imprison people and steal their government benefits.

In December, a different judge dismissed charges against Wright. He said testimony showed that Wright was also a victim of Linda Weston, who prosecutors said was the scheme's mastermind.

Weston and two others are being held for trial.




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