Vancouver couple convicted of beating, starving twins
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Vancouver couple convicted of beating, starving twins

Cebu : Philippines | Feb 09, 2013 at 12:18 AM PST
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Skooter reports 02/09/13

A Clark County jury convicted a Vancouver couple of starving and beating their adopted twins. The deliberation of the case took seven hours.

Found guilty of 14 of the 16 assault was Jeffrey Weller, and imprisonment charges against him; while Sandra Weller was found guilty of nine of the 10 charges.

Jeffrey Weller slowly shook his head and cast down his eyes after hearing the verdict. Both Wellers showed no reaction upon hearing the verdict. When they were escorted from the courtroom by custody officers, Jeffrey Weller told reporters that he did not do it and they will appeal.

After receiving the case late Thursday, the jury spent the entire Friday deciding on more than a dozen charges. Just after 4 p.m. the jury rendered their verdicts.

During the four-day trial, the jurors heard that the Wellers let their teenage twins go hungry, feeding them a porridge substance once a day. They were beaten with a wooden board if the twins hoard or snuck food, prosecutors said.

The board was recovered by authorities and was a key piece of evidence during the trial. The board had a reddish brown substance on it consistent with blood spatter.

According to the defense the Wellers did not mistreat their children and that the twins had mental issues that caused them to hoard food and had to be disciplined. Jeffrey Weller came clean to hitting one of the twins once, but said it was out of discipline.

In October 2011, the case emerged when one of the twins secretly sent a note to a counselor that detailed the abuse.

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Sandra and Jeffrey Weller leave court after being found guilty on several assault and imprisonment charges. Jeffrey Weller yelled out "I didn't do it and I will appeal this" as he left court in handcuffs.
skooter is based in Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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