Phoenix couple plead guilty in adult abuse case

Carlena and Joshua Pinkerton

Carlena and Joshua Pinkerton

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Updated Monday, May 12 at 3:28 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Phoenix couple have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the abuse and torture of a mentally disabled man who later died.
 
A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman says 29-year-old Carlena Pinkerton pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and vulnerable adult abuse and 34-year-old Joshua Pinkerton pleaded guilty to manslaughter and vulnerable adult abuse. 
 
The couple was arrested in 2012 in the death of 22-year-old James Roy Moore, who authorities said was Carlena Pinkerton's brother.
 
Phoenix police say Moore died at Phoenix Indian Hospital a day after the Pinkertons left him there.
 
Authorities said Moore had multiple fractures and a collapsed lung and was suffering from malnutrition and dehydration.
 
Investigators said Moore was kept for long periods in a 2-by-4-foot room. containing only a water heater and a drain.
 

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