4th Suspect Held for Trial in Philly Basement Dungeon Case

The decision reverses an earlier ruling that dropped all charges against Eddie Wright, who allegedly helped keep four mentally disabled people captive in a basement.

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012  |  Updated 2:17 PM EDT
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4th Suspect Held for Basement Dungeon Case

Eddie Wright has been held for trial on charges stemming from a case in which four mentally disabled adults being held captive in a basement.

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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 reports the decision made Thursday 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 say 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 Wright was also a victim of the scheme's alleged mastermind, Linda Weston.

But prosecutors refiled charges. They presented documents Thursday that they say prove Wright and Weston worked together.

Weston and two others are being held for trial. They haven't entered pleas.
   
 

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