- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The jury deliberating a case against two parents accused of holding their daughters captive has gone home without yet reaching a verdict.

Members of the jury are deliberating on three counts each of kidnapping and child abuse against Sophia and Fernando Richter. Fernando Richter also faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The three girls testified in court last month that their parents kept them captive in their rooms, rarely allowing them to use the restroom and physically abusing them.

Sophia Richter has denied the allegations. Her husband’s attorney said the girls “embellished” their stories.

The case went to the jury on Wednesday afternoon, but deliberations only lasted about two hours.

On Thursday, one juror was excused and replaced by an alternate.

Deliberations will resume on Friday morning.

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