Jurors in the William Inman II trial that concluded on Thursday said that their decision to spare Inman’s life was anything but unanimous, 10TV’s Danielle Elias reported on Friday.
Juror Teresa Marshall said that it was a hard decision.
“It really was – to decide between putting him to death or life,” Marshall said.
Inman II was found guilty of kidnapping and slaying his estranged wife, Summer Inman, last year. Her body was found in a septic tank.
“The pictures were very horrific, but the thing that brought it all to a head, and the other jurors will tell you this, too, was the GPS and the phone,” Marshall said.
Another juror, who did not want to be identified on camera, said that the GPS was a huge sticking point for her.
“The GPS confirmed so much of the evidence; there was no way to go but guilty with that,” the woman said.
The GPS tracked Inman’s movement to the Logan area at the time of the crime, 10TV’s Danielle Elias reported.
The juror said that the sentencing was a hard decision.
“I mean, you’re holding someone else’s life in your hands, and you know, that’s not an easy decision,” the juror said.
The juror said that she wanted the death penalty for Inman II.
“The majority of us felt like he took someone’s life from them, so why should he have any part of this life,” the juror said.
Hocking County Prosecutor Laina Fetherolf read jurors’ impact statements aloud in court after their decision on Thursday, Elias reported.
“How dare you steal her like that, how dare you hurt her like that, and how dare you leave her like that,” Summer Inman's sister wrote.
Marshall said that she was confident in the jury’s decision for life in prison.
“I didn’t have to wonder if putting him to death was the right thing. I didn’t have to wonder if he would be getting out too soon. I thought that was probably the most appropriate thing we could do, because in life, sometimes, there are things worse than death,” Marshall said.
The jurors said that they were interested to follow the trials of both William Inman and Sandra Inman, William Inman II’s parents. Their trials are slated for later this summer, Elias reported.
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