The Latest: Jury ends deliberating for the day

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Posted: Dec 02, 2015 6:31 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The latest on the trial of an Arizona couple accused of imprisoning their three daughters in Tucson home (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

The jury deciding the fate of two Arizona parents accused of keeping their three daughters captive has ended deliberations for the day.

Deliberations will resume at 9:30 a.m. Thursday

The jury got the case at about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday after a morning of closing arguments.

Sophia and Fernando Richter face three charges each of kidnapping and child abuse. Fernando Richter also faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

The prosecution says it has delivered evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that the girls were abused, malnourished and kept captive in a Tucson home for several months.

The defense says the girls embellished details and were free to leave their rooms.

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2:20 p.m.

The jury has started deciding the fate of an Arizona couple charged with keeping three girls captive inside their home.

The jury got the case about 2:15 p.m. after hearing the final closing argument. Sophia and Fernando Richter face three charges each of kidnapping and child abuse. Fernando Richter also faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

In his closing argument, the lawyer for Sophia Richter sought to put the blame on her husband and said testimony the girls provided did not implicate the mother.

12:35 p.m.

Prosecutors say they've proved that an Arizona couple kept their three daughters captive inside their home, severely abusing them and keeping them malnourished.

Prosecutor J. Alan Goodwin said Wednesday that the evidence shows the girls were held against their will and forced to follow bizarre rules like swaying in place from 2 a.m. until sunrise.

Their mother, Sophia Richter, and stepfather, Fernando Richter, face three charges each of kidnapping and child abuse. Fernando Richter also faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Fernando Richter's defense attorney, Paul Skitzki, said there was no evidence to prove the allegations and that the girls have embellished their stories over time.

Authorities say the girls escaped in November 2013 after a violent encounter with their stepdad and after over three months of being hidden in a Tucson house.