DALLAS, Ga. -- A lawyer for a Georgia man accused of sending his emaciated teenage stepson to Los Angles says his client intends to plead not guilty.
Paul Comer's attorney, W. Scott Smith, tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his client is cooperating with authorities. An Oct. 4 court hearing is set for Comer and his wife, Sheila Comer. They're charged with false imprisonment and cruelty to children.
Authorities say 18-year-old Mitch Comer told police he was forced to kneel for hours at a time by his stepfather and mother, who are accused of confining the teen in a bedroom in their Paulding County home for years before the child was sent to Los Angeles.
Renee Rockwell, a lawyer for Sheila Comer, has said her client is also pleading not guilty to the charges.