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UPDATE: Court Upholds Conviction in Ohio Septic Tank Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE 3/7/2014 12:25 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio court rejected the appeal of a southeast Ohio man who was convicted of killing his daughter-in-law, who was found strangled at the bottom of a septic tank in 2011.

Ohio's Fourth District Court of Appeals upheld William Inman's aggravated murder conviction and life prison sentence.

The court rejected arguments that the jury didn't get to hear evidence that would have shown Inman's son, William Inman II, was solely responsible for the slaying of Summer Cook Inman.

Summer Inman was abducted in Logan in Hocking County, strangled with a zip tie and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church. William Inman II and his mother, Sandra Inman, also were convicted in the slaying and sentenced to life in prison.

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UPDATE 1/23/2014 12:45 PM

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal by a man convicted of killing his estranged wife, who was found strangled in a septic tank.

William Inman II had turned to the high court after a state appeals court affirmed his conviction.

He had sought a new trial, saying the prosecution didn't disclose a prior conviction of a witness. The appeals court said the disclosure to the defense wasn't required.

Inman still could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

He was convicted of aggravated murder and other charges in southeast Ohio's Hocking County and was sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 slaying of 25-year-old Summer Inman.

His parents also are serving prison sentences on similar charges in the case.

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UPDATED: 1/28/2013

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) - A trial has begun for an Ohio man charged with aggravated murder and other crimes in the slaying of his daughter-in-law, who was strangled with a zip tie and dumped in a septic tank.

The prosecutor told jurors Monday in Chillicothe it's reasonable to infer 48-year-old William Inman murdered his 25-year-old daughter-in-law, Summer. The prosecutor says Inman ruled the family and wanted to help his son, who was in a child custody dispute with the woman.

Inman's attorney says it was his son, William Inman II, who killed her. The defense says the elder Inman and his wife helped kidnap their daughter-in-law in Logan to talk about concerns about the grandchildren and then tried to cover up their son's crime.

Inman's son and wife were convicted in the slaying.

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UPDATED: 6/14/2012

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) - An attorney for a man convicted in the slaying of his estranged wife and the discovery of her body in a southeast Ohio septic tank says it's obvious the jury paid close attention to the evidence and what the law is in recommending a life sentence.

Attorney Herman Carson says the jurors took their obligation seriously and came to an appropriate conclusion.

The Hocking County jury on Thursday recommended a life sentence with no chance of parole for 27-year-old William Inman II, who had faced the possibility of a death sentence. Inman was convicted of killing 25-year-old Summer Inman.

Authorities say she was abducted in Logan on March 22, 2011, and was strangled with a zip tie and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church in nearby Athens County.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A jury on Thursday recommended a life sentence with no chance of parole for a man convicted of killing his estranged wife, who was found strangled in a septic tank in southeast Ohio last year.

The Hocking County jury deliberated for about three hours before returning the recommendation for William Inman II, 27, who had faced the possibility of a death sentence.

The same jury found Inman guilty Tuesday of aggravated murder, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse in the slaying of Summer Inman, 25. Authorities said she was abducted in Logan on March 22, 2011, then strangled with a zip tie and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church in nearby Athens County.

Separate trials are scheduled for later this year for William Inman's parents, who also are charged in the death and have pleaded not guilty.

Inman's mother faces 15 years to life if convicted of murder. His father faces a possible death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder.

Witnesses who said they were out walking in Logan the night of March 22, 2011, testified that they heard screaming and the sound of a stun gun from an alley next to a bank where Summer Inman worked as an after-hours cleaning woman.

Witnesses also said they saw two men in dark clothing standing and a woman on the ground. One witness said the men threw the woman into the back seat of a car and the car took off.

Summer Inman had filed for divorce in June 2010 after six years of marriage, seeking custody of the couple's three small children and accusing her husband of being cruel and neglectful, according to court records.

Acquaintances had said she was attempting to start a new life with her children away from her controlling husband and his father when she was killed.

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LOGAN, Ohio (AP) - Jurors have begun deliberating on whether a man found guilty in the strangling of his estranged wife whose body was found in a southeast Ohio septic tank should receive the death penalty.

A jury in Logan heard testimony and closing arguments Thursday in the sentencing phase of 27-year-old William Inman II's trial, before beginning deliberations around 2 p.m. The same jury on Tuesday found Inman guilty of aggravated murder and other charges in last year's slaying of 25-year-old Summer Inman.

Authorities say she was abducted in Logan, then strangled with a zip tie and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church in nearby Athens County.

Inman's parents also are charged in the death and have pleaded not guilty. Their separate trials are scheduled later this year.

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LOGAN, Ohio (AP) - A jury will begin hearing arguments on whether a man convicted in the slaying of his estranged wife who was found strangled in a southeast Ohio septic tank should receive the death penalty.

A jury in Logan is scheduled to begin hearing the sentencing phase of the trial of 27-year-old William Inman II on Thursday. The same jury on Tuesday found Inman guilty of aggravated murder and other charges in last year's slaying of 25-year-old Summer Inman.

Authorities say she was abducted in Logan on March 22, 2011, then strangled with a zip tie and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church in nearby Athens County.

Inman's parents also are charged in the death and have pleaded not guilty. Their separate trials are scheduled later this year.

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UPDATE: 6/12/2012 12:37 PM

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 27-year-old William Inman II. He could face the death penalty when he's sentenced.

His parents also are charged. They are being tried separately in the slaying of his 25-year-old wife, Summer.

Authorities say she was abducted in Logan, strangled with a zip tie and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church in March of last year.

Inman's parents have pleaded not guilty. They'll be tried later this year.

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UPDATED: 6/8/2012

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) - Jurors in a southeast Ohio murder trial have been shown photos of the body of a woman who was found strangled in a septic tank.

The Logan Daily News reports the images spurred gasps and then silence in the courtroom Thursday during testimony from an investigator who was at the property where 25-year-old Summer Inman was found last year.

Authorities say she was abducted in Logan, strangled and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church in nearby Athens County. The investigator testified Inman's purse was still on her arm when her body was recovered.

Her estranged husband, 27-year-old William Inman II, is on trial in the killing. His parents also are charged and have trials scheduled later.

All three suspects have pleaded not guilty.

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LOGAN, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say the vehicle believed to be used in an Ohio woman's abduction was an old police cruiser with no door handles in the back seat.

The details came Thursday during testimony in the southeast Ohio trial of a man accused of killing his estranged wife.

Twenty-seven-year-old William Inman II and his parents have pleaded not guilty in the death of 25-year-old Summer Inman.

Authorities say she was abducted, strangled and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church in nearby Athens County.

Inman and his parents are being tried separately, with Inman's trial the first of the three.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that police detectives told jurors that the car was taken as evidence from the Akron house where Inman was staying with his parents last year.

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LOGAN, Ohio (AP) - Testimony was expected to continue Thursday in the southeast Ohio trial of a man accused of killing his estranged wife.

Twenty-seven-year-old William Inman II and his parents have pleaded not guilty in the death of 25-year-old Summer Inman.

Authorities say she was abducted, strangled and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church in nearby Athens County.

Inman and his parents are being tried separately, with Inman's trial the first of the three.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that jurors on Wednesday watched surveillance video of three people identified by prosecutors as Inman and his parents vacuuming and wiping down the interior of a white Crown Victoria at a suburban Cleveland car wash the morning after Summer Inman was abducted.

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UPDATED 6/05/2012

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) - Witnesses at the southeast Ohio trial of a man accused of killing his estranged wife have told a jury they heard a woman screaming and being shocked with a stun gun.

Twenty-seven-year-old William Inman II and his parents are charged in the death of his 25-year-old wife, Summer.

Authorities say she was abducted in Logan on March 22, 2011, strangled and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church in nearby Athens County.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Tuesday that Kylee Helman says screams she heard from a woman on the ground that night were like someone dying.

Richard Leake told jurors he saw two men standing over a woman while a stun gun was being used.

Inman and his parents have pleaded not guilty.

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1st trial under way in Ohio septic tank body case

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) - A southeast Ohio prosecutor says evidence indicates a woman found dead in a septic tank was face-to-face with her killer when she was strangled with a plastic zip tie last year.

The Hocking County prosecutor opened a trial Monday by telling jurors that the victim was strangled by her estranged husband.

Twenty-seven-year-old William Inman II and his parents are charged in the death of his 25-year-old wife, Summer. Authorities say she was abducted, strangled and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church in nearby Athens County.

Inman and his parents have pleaded not guilty to murder charges and are being tried separately. Inman's trial is the first of the three.

His attorneys didn't make opening statements Monday but said they might do so later.

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Updated: 5/23/2011

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) - The husband and father-in-law of a woman found dead in a septic tank have been indicted on murder charges in southeastern Ohio.

A Hocking County prosecutor announced Monday that a grand jury had indicted Summer Inman's estranged husband and his father on two counts of aggravated murder and one count each of murder, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.

Inman was found strangled March 29 in neighboring Athens County.

The estranged husband, William Inman II, and his father, William Inman, previously pleaded not guilty to charges alleging they kidnapped and abducted the woman March 22.

Summer Inman's mother-in-law, Sandra Inman, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to kidnapping and abduction charges.

No new charges against her were presented to the grand jury on Friday.

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Updated: 05/17/2011

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) - A prosecutor says her office is still awaiting lab results in the case of an Ohio woman whose body was found in a septic tank and so doesn't expect additional charges soon.

Summer Inman was found strangled March 29 in Athens County in southeast Ohio.

Her estranged husband and his parents are in jail charged with kidnapping Inman on March 22. They have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and abduction charges.

Hocking County Prosecutor Laina Fetherolf said Tuesday she doesn't expect to present additional evidence to a grand jury until June. I

The Inmans are being held in a regional jail in Nelsonville with bond set at $1 million each.

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Updated: 4/06/2011

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A family friend says an Ohio woman found dead last week in a church septic system with a plastic zip tie around her neck had been emerging from a bad marriage.

Summer Inman filed for divorce in June, seeking custody of her three children. She said in court records her husband of six years was cruel and neglectful.

Jewel Cavinee had known her from church in Logan, 45 miles southeast of Columbus. Cavinee says husband william Inman II and his father couldn't stand the thought of losing control of Summer Inman and the children.

The husband and both his parents have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping Summer Inman. They could face additional charges when a grand jury convenes this month.

Their attorneys declined comment or were unavailable this week.

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Updated: 4/04/2011

Logan, Ohio (AP) -- A kidnapped Ohio woman has been laid to rest nearly a week after her body was found in a church's septic system with a zip tie pulled tightly around her neck.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Summer Inman's her three young children attended her funeral Monday at the First Church Praise and Worship Center in Logan. She was buried in nearby Rockbridge.

Inman's estranged husband and his parents have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping her and are being held on $1 million bond. Her body was found last Tuesday night at a church in neighboring Athens County. Police say the mother-in-law provided information that led to the discovery.

Police say Inman and her husband were involved in a divorce and custody dispute. Their children are 5, 3 and 1.

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UPDATE: Logan, Ohio (AP) -- A police chief says the body of an Ohio woman who disappeared last week in southern Ohio has been found in the septic system of a church.

The Hocking County Prosecutor says Summer Inman's estranged husband and his parents each pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Logan to one count of kidnapping and one count of abduction in the case.

Bond was set at $1 million each.

Logan Police Chief Aaron Miller said earlier Wednesday that investigators found Summer Inman's body Tuesday night in nearby Athens County along U.S. Highway 33.

Inman disappeared March 22.

The three people charged are 26-year-old William Inman II, 47-year-old William Inman and 46-year-old Sandra Inman, all of Akron.

Miller said Sandra Inman provided information that led police to the body.

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UPDATE: Logan, Ohio (AP) -- A police chief says the body of an Ohio woman who disappeared last week in southern Ohio has been found in the septic system of a church.

Logan Police Chief Aaron Miller says investigators found Summer Inman's body Tuesday night in nearby Athens County near U.S. Highway 33. Inman disappeared March 22.

The woman's estranged husband and in-laws have been charged with kidnapping in her disappearance. Miller said Inman's mother-in-law provided information that led police to the body.

Miller says inman's estranged husband and in-laws will be arraigned on kidnapping charges in a Hocking County court Wednesday afternoon.

The Hocking County Prosecutor says she will request the highest bond possible in an effort to keep the three in custody while police continue their investigation.

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Logan, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities say they may have found the body of an Ohio woman who disappeared last week.

Logan police said late Tuesday that investigators searching in Athens County near U.S. Highway 33 might have discovered the body of Summer Inman, who disappeared March 22.

Chief Aaron Miller did not say why he believes the body might be Inman's or what led police to the area.

Inman's estranged husband and in-laws all face a charge of kidnapping in her disappearance. Police say they were seen on a car wash surveillance video appearing to vacuum and make alterations to their car the morning after she went missing.

Police say she was forced into a white Crown Victoria, the same model used in the video by the suspects, 26-year-old William Inman II of Akron and his parents.

No defense attorneys are listed for the suspects in online court records.

Authorities are holding a press conference in Hocking County right now.

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