By Associated Press - Monday, August 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A mother says her son couldn’t have helped kidnap and torture a Philadelphia jewelry store worker last spring because he was helping make Easter eggs at the time.

Twenty-six-year-old Basil Buie is one of three men accused of kidnapping the woman in April and using a stun gun on her at least seven times in demanding the code to the store’s safe. Authorities say the trio dumped her at a cemetery, but returned to demand the code again.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) reports that Buie’s mother testified Monday in a defense request for bail. Prosecutors, however, argued that the defendant should be kept behind bars to protect the kidnapping victim’s safety.

The judge didn’t issue a decision Monday. He denied a similar request from a co-defendant last week.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer,

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