Jury selection began in the trial of a southeast Ohio man accused of strangling his daughter-in-law with a zip tie and dumping her body in a septic tank.
The murder trial of 48-year-old William Inman Sr. was moved to Chillicothe after attempts to seat a jury in Hocking County were unsuccessful in September. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
The high-profile nature of the trial caused enough concern that Hocking County Judge John Wallace moved it to Ross County in hopes of seating an impartial jury.
Judge Wallace said he was confident Inman would receive a fair trial in Ross County.
More than 300 potential jurors lined up at the Ross County fairgrounds on Thursday to fill out juror questionnaires. It was the first step in a lengthy process to find 12 people and several alternates for a jury.
“What we’re trying to find is 12 people to set aside anything they may have heard about the case,” Wallace said. “Both the state and Mr. Inman are entitled to a fair trial, and I’m going to see to it they get a fair jury and a fair trial.”
10TV found that many in Chillicothe were unaware of the trial.
“I have no idea about the trial, what trial,” said Bruce Townsend, a Chillicothe resident.
Resident Carole Haines said that she had heard of the case and hoped that moving the trial would be worth the while.
“I hope they get a fair trial here,” Haines said.
After filling out forms at the fairgrounds, selected jurors will be called to the Ross County Courthouse for questioning.
Inman's wife and son have already been convicted and sentenced to long prison terms in the March 2011 slaying of Summer Inman in Logan, about 45 miles southeast of Columbus.
Authorities allege that 25-year-old Summer Inman was killed because she had filed for divorce after six years of marriage and was seeking custody of the three children she had with William Inman II.
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