Opening statements set in slave labor trial


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.

Callahan is being held at the Mahoning County Jail.

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