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Jury Finds Ohio Man Guilty In Septic Tank Body Case
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Jun. 12, 2012 11:32 AM EDT
Updated: Jun. 12, 2012 11:47 AM EDT
Logan , Ohio
LOGAN, Ohio (AP) -- A jury has convicted a man of aggravated murder and other charges in the death of his estranged wife, who was found strangled in a septic tank in southeast Ohio last year.
Hocking County jurors in Logan deliberated for about four hours before returning a verdict Tuesday in the trial of William Inman II, 27.
He could face the death penalty when he's sentenced. He and his parents are charged and being tried separately in the slaying of his wife Summer, who was just 25 years old.
Authorities say she was abducted in Logan, strangled with a zip tie and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church in nearby Athens County in March of last year.
Inman's parents have pleaded not guilty. They'll be tried later this year.
Original story 3/30/11
Reporter: Kallie Cart
A young mother, kidnapped, killed and her body stuffed in a septic tank behind a church. Now her estranged husband, mother-in-law and father-in-law are facing charges in the crime.
A swarm of people packed the Hocking County courthouse in Ohio as the family accused in the crime made their first appearance.
"There will be justice and she will rest in peace," Misty Vanpelt, a friend of the victim said. "Those babies didn't deserve this, they'll never know their mommy."
Summer Inman, a 25-year-old mother of three, was last seen being forced into a car and kidnapped last Tuesday in the city of Logan, Ohio.
Then, a week later on March 29, Summer's body was found several miles away in Nelsonville in Athens County. Police say her body was stuffed in a septic tank behind a church. Investigators say she had a zip tie around her neck.
"They got the wrong guy," Summer's estranged husband William Inman II told Eyewitness News.
His father, William Inman, and his mother, Sandra Inman, have also been charged in the crime.
"I didn't do nothing," the older William Inman says.
While the men of the family say they didn't do it, Police say Sandra told police exactly where they could find her daughter-in-law's body. And she told Summer's side of the family in court that she was sorry.
"To (do that to) your grandbabies' mother and then turn around and say I'm sorry, there's no apology for that," Vanpelt says.
All three pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and abduction charges. Their bond was set at $1 million each.
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