2 charged in murder of Ohioan found in septic tank

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Posted: May 23, 2011 3:28 PM
2 charged in murder of Ohioan found in septic tank

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 prosecutor said Monday.

A grand jury on Friday 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, Hocking County Prosecutor Laina Fetherolf said in a release.

Summer Inman was found strangled March 29 in neighboring Athens County.

Her estranged husband, 26-year-old William Inman II, and his 47-year-old father, William Inman, previously pleaded not guilty to charges alleging they kidnapped and abducted Summer Inman March 22. William Inman II pleaded not guilty to the new charges against him at an arraignment Monday, Fetherolf said. His father was expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

Attorneys for both men did not immediately return calls.

Summer Inman's mother-in-law, Sandra Inman, had 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, Fetherolf said.

Authorities have said Sandra Inman provided information that helped them find her daughter-in-law's body.

Sandra Inman's attorney has filed a motion with the court alleging that she is incompetent to stand trial, the prosecutor said. A message seeking comment from the attorney was left at his office Monday.

All three Inmans remain in jail under $1 million bonds.

Police said Summer Inman was abducted March 22 near a bank she cleaned in Logan, about 45 miles southeast of Columbus.

Witnesses told authorities two men in dark clothing used a stun gun on Inman as they forced her into a white Ford Crown Victoria and pepper-sprayed a witness. A blond woman was driving, witnesses said.

William Inman II and his parents were arrested two days later. They were seen on a car wash surveillance video appearing to vacuum and make alterations to a white Ford Crown Victoria, police said.

The three Inmans initially refused to speak to police until Sandra Inman negotiated with prosecutors. She pointed authorities to her daughter-in-law's body near Faith Tabernacle Church, in an area that had been previously searched. Prosecutors said they couldn't talk about any deal they might have made.

The local newspapers, citing the county coroner, reported Summer Inman was found bound with zip ties, including one pulled tight around her neck, and an autopsy determined she had been strangled.