October 24th, 2011
11:48 AM ET

Preliminary hearing set in Philly captives case

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 19 for three suspects charged with imprisoning four mentally disabled adults in the basement boiler room of a Philadelphia apartment building, the attorney for one suspect said.

The hearing was scheduled at a status hearing Monday, said George S. Yacoubian Jr., who represents Linda Ann Weston, 51.

Weston and two other suspects - Gregory Thomas, 47, and Eddie Wright, 49 - face charges including criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, kidnapping, criminal trespass, unlawful restraint and false imprisonment after the landlord of the apartment building found the four people locked in the 15- by 6-foot room with no food and only a bucket for a toilet, police said.

Weston, Thomas and Wright did not appear in court Monday, Yacoubian said. A hearing is set Wednesday for a fourth suspect, Weston's daughter, according to court records.

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  1. banasy

    I hope they keep investigating these people...I have a feeling there is more out there.
    Where are the two children that one captive bore?

    October 24, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. obviously the future

    How many people here know that Rupert Murdoch, Madoff, and American banga hip hip are obsolete?

    As no future for them as replacement for intelligence?

    October 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. William H

    Why didnt they use the tards to make Philly Cheese Steaks? It was wasteful keeping them locked up in a basement. They could have been farmed out as landscapers or security guards or janitors. That would have been some more money coming in

    October 24, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. obviously the future

    bBecause for a FACT: out in the real world no matter where you look... all three are dying off rapidly....
    Europe ... Africa... you name it... no future there for these three or the American Churches.

    October 24, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    They need to stay in jail, payback is a bia tch.

    October 24, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. henry

    Yeah. They were just lazy no goods living off our taxes. If they really cant do physical labor then let them test new medecines on them or use them for medical research. They need to be contributing to society instead of lounging around in the basement.

    October 24, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Only b very, very ignorant person would call a challenged person tards!! Your disgusting!

    October 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hey CNN

    I clicked report abuse several hours ago on several posts. Guess which ones. So why are they still here?

    Either you haven't gotten to them yet or you've made the decision that they are acceptable. You are in danger of driving away your last few intelligent posters. I can't imagine what these comments boards will look like then.

    October 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ted

    Ive tried to file complaints against Philip and Hey CNN too. They always post dumb stuff that is boring. I think we need more humor on these blogs. Irreverence and laughter is the best medecine.

    October 24, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    I fail to see what 'obviously the future"s posts have to do with the poor souls in the basement.

    October 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. josh

    Hi Chrissy. I am b teacher. It is almost halloween. Is that b pumpkin?

    October 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    no but u my lil pumpkin, should try to be a little more amuseing. you knew i meant *a* not *b*! but then again you are probably one of the bullys that call challenged children retards or tards arent you? careful you could step off a curb wrong & be l too!

    October 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chelsea

    boy for grown up talk there sure are alot of intelligent jerks up in here! how much intelligence does it take to call a mentally or physically individual a retard or tard? Grow up people! And you wanta know why kids are disrespectful? Listen to yourselves

    October 25, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |