STOCKTON (AP) – Jury selection is underway in the trial of a man who is one of four people accused of holding captive and torturing a 16-year-old boy in a Tracy home for more than a year.

Anthony Waiters has pleaded not guilty in San Joaquin County Superior Court to aggravated mayhem, torture and false imprisonment charges against the teen at his neighbor’s house in Tracy.

Opening arguments could begin as early as next week.

The boy escaped in December 2008 by scaling a fence and seeking help at a nearby fitness center.

Three others—Michael Schumacher, Kelly Lau and Caren Ramirez— are also charged in the case.

As part of a plea deal, they each pleaded guilty last week to a series of felonies, including use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury to a child.

Under the terms of the deal, the three will serve at least 30 years in prison.

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