Jury seated in trial of 2 in NE Ohio slave labor case

YOUNGSTOWN -- Jurors have been selected for the Ohio trial of two people charged with enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years with her child.

Opening statements in the trial of 27-year-old Jordie Callahan and 32-year-old Jessica Hunt are scheduled for Wednesday in Youngstown federal court.

Judge Benita Pearson says the trial could last three weeks, and 60 witnesses may testify.

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Seven women and five men were picked from a jury pool of 42.

Authorities say the victim was treated with cruelty and forced to do housework under the threat to her and her child from a python or pit bulls.

The defendants allegedly looted her bank account and public assistance.

The case was broken when the woman apparently shoplifted a candy bar to draw attention to herself and appeal for help.


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