Charges refiled against man in Pa. basement case

December 22, 2011 - 4:40 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia prosecutors have refiled charges dismissed by a judge this week against a suspect in the case of mentally disabled adults found locked in a basement.

Prosecutors said Thursday that they're refiling kidnapping, assault and other charges against Eddie "the Reverend Ed" Wright.

A judge Tuesday agreed to drop charges against Wright after his attorney argued he was more a victim than a perpetrator. A message left for Wright's attorney wasn't immediately returned Thursday.

Convicted killer Linda Ann Weston, her daughter, Jean McIntosh, and her boyfriend, Gregory Thomas, have been ordered to stand trial on charges they kidnapped mentally disabled adults for their Social Security checks and then abused them. The victims say they lived with Weston for years and were often kept locked up.

The suspects haven't entered pleas.