Disabled victim says couple forced her to stay outside of home, drink from hose

2014-04-17T08:56:00Z Disabled victim says couple forced her to stay outside of home, drink from hosePatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A victim in the case against a husband and wife accused of abusing two developmentally disabled adults who lived with them testified at trial on Wednesday.

The victim, who the Arizona Daily Star has not identified for her protection, said Pamela Gertrude Rasley, 62, and Edgar Lavelle Rasley, 66, forced her to remain outside of their mobile home from 5 a.m. to midnight everyday.

The Rasley’s are on trial in Pima County Superior Court before Judge Casey McGinley, charged with two counts each of vulnerable adult abuse and unlawfully obtaining labor or services.

The victim said her days with the Rasley’s consisted of “watering plants, pulling weeds and drinking water out of the hose.”

Assistant Arizona Attorney General Jesse Delaney questioned the woman about what she did if she needed to go inside the Rasley’s house during the days.

“I knocked but they wouldn’t let me in,” she said.

The woman also testified that she had to eat her meals outside and was only permitted to shower on Fridays.

Defense attorneys for the Rasley’s noted the victim and her adult brother, also developmentally disabled, were permitted to leave whenever they chose.

Defense attorney Sarah Bullard asked the victim about trips to the movies, circus and out for dinner that she took with her brother.

Read more about the case here.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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