Judge denies venue change in shackled teen case

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Posted: Oct 27, 2010 7:07 PM
Judge denies venue change in shackled teen case

A judge presiding over the trial of a man accused of torturing a 16-year-old boy in a Central California home has denied a change-of-venue request, setting the stage for opening statements to begin.

Thirty-one-year-old Anthony Waiters has pleaded not guilty to aggravated mayhem, torture and false imprisonment charges involving the teen allegedly held captive at the home of Waiters' neighbors for more than a year. Waiters faces a potential life sentence.

Judge Terrence Van Oss on Wednesday turned down a request from Waiters' attorney to move the proceedings outside San Joaquin County Superior Court.

The boy escaped in December 2008 by scaling a fence and seeking help at a fitness center.

Three other defendants have pleaded guilty to charges that included use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury to a child.