Trial to begin for Linda Weston, others in Tacony basement case

Linda Ann Weston
Linda Ann Weston (Philadelphia Police Department)
Posted: April 06, 2012

The trial for Linda Ann Weston and her alleged accomplices, accused of imprisoning four mentally disabled adults in a Tacony basement last fall, has been set for January 2013.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Jan. 28. The trial, which could last up to 10 weeks, would be scheduled to run for four days out of each week, attorneys said.

Weston, 52, described by authorities as the ringleader of the group, is charged with kidnapping and assault, among other offenses. Also charged are Gregory Thomas, 48, Weston's boyfriend; Jean McIntosh, Weston's 32-year-old daughter, and Eddie Wright, 51.

Prosecutors have alleged that they kidnapped the adults to steal their Social Security checks, then moved them around the country to escape detection by authorities. One of the captives, Edwin Sanabria, has testified in Common Pleas Court that Weston starved, beat, and tortured them.

Weston and her alleged accomplices were arrested in October after police discovered the adults in the basement. They had traveled to Philadelphia from Florida with Weston and the others two weeks earlier.

Weston, Wright, and McIntosh face additional charges of assault and kidnapping in connection with Beatrice Weston, Linda Weston's niece. Beatrice Weston testified in December that Weston kidnapped her about a decade ago, and that she also was abused.


Contact staff writer Allison Steele at 215-854-2641 or asteele@phillynews.com.

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