NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. -- WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019: Hossein Nayeri, right, seated next to his defense attorney Salvatore Ciulla, reacts as he listens to prosecuting attorney Heather Brown speak during opening statements at Newport Harbor Courthouse in Newport Beach Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Nayeri is accused of masterminding the plot to kidnap a pot-dispensary operator from his Newport Beach home in October 2012 and took him to the desert, where the man was sexually mutilated. Nayeri (in a separate trial) will also face charges of escaping from the Orange County jail. Nayeri?s supposed accomplice, Kyle Handley, was convicted of playing a role in the kidnapping. Photo taken in Newport Beach, Calif., on July 17, 2019. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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