Detectives Take Stand In Case Of Logan Mother Found Dead In Septic Tank


UPDATED: Thursday June 7, 2012 6:20 PM

Investigators who took on the case of a mother found dead in a church septic tank last year took the stand on Thursday morning.

Investigators said that Summer Inman was abducted, strangled and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church in nearby Athens County in March 2011, 10TV's Maureen Kocot reported.

Her estranged husband, William Inman II, and his parents have pleaded not guilty to murder.

Detectives testified that the lock handles on the car believed to be used as a getaway vehicle were removed from the back doors and the doors were disabled so they could not be opened from the inside, Kocot reported.

During a search inside the home where William Inman and his parents were staying, investigators said that they found a black hooded sweatshirt and a backpack with walkie-talkies and a flashlight with green laser sight.

"(The flashlight) has sharp edges on it like teeth and it's a last-ditch defensive weapon if necessary," Akron Police Detective Frank Harrah said.

Investigators also showed the purse and shirt that Summer Inman was wearing when her body was recovered from the septic tank.

An auto wreck salesman also took the stand and told the jury he got a visit from the FBI shortly after Summer Inman was kidnapped.

“They asked me if I recognized the guy, and I said he bought some tires here,” said Richard Lence.

The defense argued that Lence described the customer as a man in his 40s or 50s, but William Inman II is 27.

William Inman II and his parents are being tried separately.

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Previous Stories:

June 15, 2011: Woman Charged In Daughter-In-Law's Kidnapping Attempts Suicide At Jail 
June 8, 2011: Logan Woman Slain 45 Minutes After Kidnapping, Autopsy Shows
May 24, 2011:  Husband, Father-In-Law Face Death Penalty In Death Of Logan Woman
May 23, 2011: Husband, Father-In-Law Indicted In Logan Woman's Death
April 22, 2011: No New Charges Yet In Logan Woman's Kidnapping, Death
April 14, 2011: Woman Pleads Not Guilty By Insanity In Daughter-In-Law's Alleged Kidnapping
April 4, 2011: Community Mourns Summer Inman
April 4, 2011: Funeral Today For Slain Logan Mother
April 1, 2011: Only Witness To See Woman's Abduction Discusses Ordeal
March 31, 2011:  Video Shows Alleged Kidnapper's Violent Streak
March 31, 2011: $1M Bonds For Family Members Charged In Kidnapping
March 30, 2011: Coroner: Logan Mother Was Strangled
March 30, 2011: Mother In-Law Led Police To Woman's Body
March 30, 2011: Body Of Missing Logan Woman Found In Church Septic System
March 29, 2011: Investigators May Have Located Missing Woman's Body
March 29, 2011:  Family Suspected In Logan Mom's Disappearance 'Controlling,' 'Scary'
March 28, 2011: Vigil Planned For Missing Logan Mom
March 27, 2011: Investigators, K9s Search 4 Counties For Missing Logan Mom
March 26, 2011: FBI: Missing Mom May Not Be Found Alive
March 25, 2011: Missing Woman's Husband, In-Laws Charged With Kidnapping
March 24, 2011: 3 Arrested In Kidnapping Of Logan Mom
March 24, 2011: Search Continues For Missing Logan Woman
March 23, 2011: Police: Woman Kidnapped Along Logan Street

 

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