PHOENIX - Two men pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony abuse charges in the death of their 73-year-old mother, whose body was found in the family's van with dozens of bug-infested animals.
The men's father was riding in the back of the van with his wife, and he also pleaded not guilty.
Alva Stout, 79, and his sons Gregory Stout, 44, and Alan Stout, 42, also face 34 counts of animal cruelty, Maricopa County prosecutors said.
Phoenix police said the van was carrying 12 dogs, 22 cats and a pigeon when Lola Mae Stout was found dead July 14 after firefighters and police responded to a call about a sick woman.
The animals were malnourished and infested with bugs, according to authorities, who said the charge of vulnerable adult abuse alleges the defendants put Lola Stout in circumstances that endangered her health.
According to police, the woman had prior medical conditions.