The Latest: Woman accused of imprisoning kids gets new trial
Aug. 24, 2018
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on an Arizona woman accused of imprisoning her children inside their home (all times local):
The Arizona Supreme Court threw out the kidnapping and child abuse convictions and ordered a new trial for a woman accused of keeping her daughters imprisoned in their Tucson home for three months.
The state's highest court concluded Friday the judge at Sophia Richter's trial erred in not letting her present a defense that claimed she was compelled to commit the crimes by her husband's threats and immediate use of force.
The latest decision is similar to an earlier ruling by the Court of Appeals.
Richter's husband, Fernando Richter, is in prison for his convictions in the case.
The couple also faces pending child abuse and kidnapping charges in neighboring Pinal County, where they lived before moving to Tucson.
They have pleaded not guilty.
The Arizona Supreme Court is scheduled to issue a ruling in the case of a woman whose child abuse and kidnapping convictions were overturned by a lower court.
The state's highest court says it would issue the decision Friday in the case of Sophia Richter.
Richter was convicted of the crimes for keeping her three daughters imprisoned in their home for several months.
Her husband, Fernando Richter, is serving a prison sentence for his convictions related to the girls' home imprisonment.
Last year, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled a trial judge erred in not letting Richter introduce a defense that she was compelled to commit the crimes by her husband's threats and use of force.