BARSTOW (AP) — Prosecutors have made opening statements in the trial of a Barstow couple accused of killing their 3-year-old nephew over a slice of pizza in 1995.

The Victorville Daily Press reports 3-year-old Tycoon Graves and a sibling were refused any pizza as a punishment by their aunt Duree Pettress and uncle Lafayette Pettress.

Prosecutors say the little boy was caught sneaking a piece early the next morning, causing his aunt to begin “stomping” him. The boy later died from internal injuries.

Prosecutors say the couple forced the boy’s 9-year-old sister to take the blame.

Another sister, who was 6 at the time, came forward last year to accuse the couple.

Attorneys for the defendants both said their clients were innocent.

If convicted, they face 25 years to life in prison.

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