2 charged with kidnapping woman want trials moved

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The couple charged with holding a southwestern Indiana woman captive for two months are asking that their trials be moved to another county.

Thirty-seven-year-old Ricky House Jr. and 44-year-old Kendra Tooley face rape, criminal confinement and other charges alleging they kept a 30-year-old woman at their rural Posey County mobile home until she was freed in September by Tooley's ex-husband.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports Judge James Redwine set a Dec. 17 hearing on the change of venue requests. The judge said he was unlikely to make a ruling before their trials scheduled for May and June, preferring to wait to see whether unbiased juries could be picked.

Authorities say the woman was raped, beaten and often kept in a small wooden cage over a 59-day period.

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