Prosecutors call it a case of deceit, deception and greed.
Defense attorneys say it's simply a case of an elderly woman who spent her way into financial ruin and had to be rescued.
A jury will answer that question during the trial of Joseph and Cynthia Clancy, who are accused of bilking Eloise Mudway, now 92, out of her house and assets between 2001 and 2005.
The Clancys are charged with one count each of grand theft from a person over the age of 65 and face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty.
The case went to a non-jury trial a year ago but ended prematurely when Circuit Judge Jack Day received a fax from state Sen. Mike Fasano condemning the Clancys. Defense attorneys asked Day to recuse himself, arguing that the fax might have prejudiced him against their clients. Day agreed.
This time around, the Clancys opted for a jury trial.
Much of the state's case rests on the contention that the couple stole Mudway's 2,900-square-foot home out from under her by having her unknowingly sign a quit-claim deed in May 2004.
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Trial Begins Pasco Couple Accused of Bilking Woman