Arizona

The Latest: Attorneys spar over evidence in case of parents accused of keeping girls captive

The latest on the trial of an Arizona couple accused of imprisoning their three daughters in Tucson home (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

Prosecutors say they've proved that an Arizona couple kept their three daughters captive inside their home, severely abusing them and keeping them malnourished.

Prosecutor J. Alan Goodwin said Wednesday that the evidence shows the girls were held against their will and forced to follow bizarre rules like swaying in place from 2 a.m. until sunrise.

Their mother, Sophia Richter, and stepfather, Fernando Richter, face three charges each of kidnapping and child abuse. Fernando Richter also faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Fernando Richter's defense attorney, Paul Skitzki, said there was no evidence to prove the allegations and that the girls have embellished their stories over time.

Authorities say the girls escaped in November 2013 after a violent encounter with their stepdad and after over three months of being hidden in a Tucson house.