RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. -- (KTLA) -- A Perris couple accused of abusing and torturing their 13 children have been ordered to stand trial by a judge, the Riverside County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday.
David Turpin, 56, and Louise Turpin, 49, will be tried on all but one of the 50 counts they're charged with, according to the DA's office.
The announcement came one day after a preliminary hearing in which a chilling 911 call made by one of their daughters was played in court, and some of the disturbing abuse allegations were detailed during testimony from a sheriff's deputy.
The Turpins allegedly beat and starved their children, six minors and seven adults whose ages ranged from 2 to 29 years old. At times, the children were kept chained to their beds, prosecutors said.
The couple pleaded not guilty to dozens of charges, including torture, false imprisonment, abuse of a dependent abuse and child abuse. David Turpin also entered a not guilty plea to a count of lewd conduct with a minor.
The Turpins are due back in court on Aug. 3, according to the DA's office.