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Judge orders David and Louise Turpin to stand trial on 49 counts in child torture case


Last updated 6/21/2018 at 2:49pm

A Perris couple accused of imprisoning, starving and torturing 12 of their 13 children for years, leaving them physically and psychologically damaged, were ordered today to stand trial on more than three dozen felony charges.

Following a preliminary hearing that began Wednesday, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bernard Schwartz ruled there was sufficient evidence for David Allen Turpin, 56, and his wife, 49-year-old Louise Turpin, to stand trial.

Schwartz dismissed only one count, an abuse allegation connected to the defendants' youngest child, a 2-year-old girl. Prosecutors were not c...

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