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Mother, stepdad to face trial together in decade-old international custody flight case

A judge has ruled that the mother and stepfather of a girl who was taken out of the United States a decade ago during a custody dispute can have a joint trial.

Genevieve and Scott Kelley and her then-8-year-old daughter fled in 2004. They said they were protecting the child from her biological father and Genevieve's ex-husband, saying he abused her. The father, Mark Nunes, was investigated but never charged. Investigators said they believed he was unfairly accused.

The Kelleys have pleaded not guilty in New Hampshire to custodial interference and witness tampering charges.

Scott Kelley was arrested in Atlanta in April after he and the daughter, 19-year-old Mary Nunes, arrived on a flight from Costa Rica. Genevieve Kelley surrendered to authorities in November.

Judge Peter Bornstein issued his ruling Friday.