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.