Man Found Guilty In Daughter-In-Law’s Septic Tank Murder


UPDATED: Monday February 4, 2013 10:05 PM

A 48-year-old man was found guilty on Monday night in connection with his daughter-in-law’s murder.

William Inman Sr., 48, was convicted in the abduction, zip-tie strangulation and corpse abuse of his 25-year-old daughter-in-law, Summer D. Inman, on March 22, 2011.

Besides two counts of aggravated murder, the jury convicted him of single counts of murder, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.

The jury deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours before reaching the verdict.
 
The prosecutor said Inman ruled the family and wanted to help his son, who was in a child custody dispute with Summer Inman as they went through a divorce.

"If she's not there, who would get custody of the children, their father and his parents," said Assistant Attorney General Paul Scarsella.
 
But Inman's attorney argued that it was the son who killed Summer.

The defense said the elder Inman and his wife helped kidnap their daughter-in-law to talk about concerns over their grandchildren and then tried to cover up their son's crime.

Scarsella said the three were all involved in Summer’s murder.

“Complicity, all three of them acting together aiding and abetting ... all three of them are working together,” he said. “It doesn't matter who tied the zip tie around summer's neck, it doesn't matter who she was looking at when they pulled it tight under her ear, all three of them were working together."

However, Inman’s attorney defended his client’s role in the murder in court Monday.

"First of all, you've had no evidence. Second, the state's not even disagreeing at this point! They're standing up here saying we don't have to prove that. Don't you think that's relevant? Who actually took her life in a murder trial," he said.

Attorneys held up weapons Monday in court that they said were found in Inman Sr.'s home. They argued that if he had wanted to kill Summer, he would have taken the weapons with him.
 
Inman's son and wife were convicted in the murder and currently are imprisoned.

Inman was slated to begin on Wednesday. He could face the death penalty.

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Previous Stories:
January 28, 2012 - Murder Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Dumping Daughter-In-Law's Body In Septic Tank
January 10, 2012 - Hundreds Line Up To Decide Fate Of Man Accused In Septic-Tank Murder
December 12, 2012 - Hocking County Taxpayers Paid More Than $154,000 For Inman Trials
August 29, 2012 - Mistrial Declared For Man Accused Of Masterminding Daughter-In-Law’s Death
August 28, 2012 - Trial Begins For Man Accused Of ‘Masterminding’ Daughter-In-Law’s Death
June 7, 2012: Detectives Take Stand In Case Of Logan Mother Found Dead In Septic Tank
June 6, 2012: Witnesses Recall Seeing Alleged Getaway Car Near Church Where Logan Mother Found In Septic Tank
June 5, 2012: Jury Hears Witness Testimony In Trial Of Man Accused In Estranged Wife's Slaying
March 23, 2012: Community Remembers Slaying Victim On One-Year Anniversary
February 24, 2012: Judge: Woman Sane When Daughter-In-Law Slain, Found In Septic Tank
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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