LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Testimony begins Tuesday in the trial of a woman who beat, starved and tortured her stepchildren.
In 2006, a Lubbock grand jury indicted the boys' step-mother 37-year-old Melissa Lively, and their father, 40-year-old Steve Lively, on four counts of aggravated assault. Melissa Lively is currently in the Lubbock County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. She is the first of four accused of torturing the teenagers to face trial. Her husband and son are also in the Lubbock County Jail
Attorneys in the case finished selecting a jury for the trial around 5:30 p.m. Monday. If convicted, Melissa Lively faces up to 20 years behind bars.
The Lubbock police report says the father, step-brother, step mother and a family friend allegedly enforced the abuse on the boys. The report says their step brother Jason Lively pinched one of the boys with pliers and shot him multiple times with a BB gun. And allegedly choked them, cut them, and attempted to gouge their eyes out.
Police say they starved, burned and cut the boys. The boys were also allegedly forced to sleep in a closet and did not go to school for an entire year. The boy's step-brother, 19-year-old Jason Lively was also indicted. The other suspect, Kyle Sexton, was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, he's accused of burning the boys with a car charger.
The Livelys, however, were reunited with the children in 2004.
The case has been scheduled for trial several times, but has repeatedly been pushed back due to attorney illnesses and injuries.
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