WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — Four people accused of torturing a young Washington County woman with disabilities last April have been ordered to stand trial.
The woman was in court today were she recounted a terrifying story of the pain she endured including allegedly being tied up, beaten and burned.
Jennifer Conley and Joseph Plovic are the two most recent suspects charged in the assault. Another couple, Nicole Cass and Ronald Osko were charged two months ago.
Even the defense attorneys have trouble accepting just how severe the attack was.
“This is a very horrific act of violence. What happened to the victim is unconscionable,” said Amanda Como, the defense attorney.
The victim is 23 and suffers from Tourette syndrome and is also bipolar.
But she gave some powerful testimony in court Wednesday, describing the night that “all hell broke loose.”
She described how her attackers burned her with cigarettes and “used me as their ashtray.”
They are accused of stripping her naked, hog tying her, kicking her, punching her, shaving her head, urinating on her and using a machete on her body.
Defense attorneys are questioning her credibility and inconsistencies in her story.
“The judge said today we’re not going to use the word lie,” said Renee Colbert, a defense attorney. “I will be investigating this further.”
KDKA’s Paul Martino: “What do you call it?”
Colbert: “At this point, there’s certainly inconsistencies.”
The defense attempted to get a reduction in bond for the suspects. But the judge says the allegations are so unconscionable, he actually increased their bond to $100,000.