A judge dismissed one of the felony charges Friday against Linda Ann Weston and two others accused in the case of four mentally disabled adults found locked in a Tacony basement last fall.
Along with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and other charges, Weston, her boyfriend Gregory Thomas, and Eddie Wright, a street preacher from Texas, had been charged with several counts of neglect of a dependent-care person. But after an hours-long motions hearing, Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel J. Anders said prosecutors had not proved that the three were ever the designated caretakers of the alleged victims.
George Yacoubian Jr., Weston's attorney, said the felony charge was designed to protect people who are cared for by nurses or other individuals who enter into an agreement to provide services. Prosecutors have said that Weston served as the payee for government benefit checks that were distributed to the victims in the case, but Anders said that the documents submitted do not describe Weston or her accomplices as the victims' guardians.