YOUNGSTOWN -- A defense attorney says two people accused of enslaving a mentally disabled Ohio woman for two years were trying to help a homeless acquaintance, not take advantage of her financially.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers began outlining their arguments Wednesday in federal court in Youngstown at the trial of 27-year-old Jordie Callahan and 32-year-old Jessica Hunt.

They have pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say the victim was forced to do housework in Ashland while she and her child were threatened with a python or pit bulls.

The defendants are accused of looting her bank account and public assistance.

Hunt's attorney says they all shared the rent. Police got involved when the woman was arrested for shoplifting and asked to be jailed because people had been mean to her.