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Jury finds father-in-law guilty of Inman murder
Shortly after 7 p.m. Monday, a Ross County jury decided William Inman was guilty of killing his daughter-in-law, Summer Cook Inman.
William “Bill” Inman, 48, was found guilty of two counts of aggravated murder and one count of murder, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.
All 12 jurors found Bill Inman guilty on all six counts and the gun specifications on both aggravated murder charges.
Bill Inman, his son, William “Will” Inman, 28 and wife, Sandra Inman, 48, were found guilty of the same charges.
The Inmans kidnapped Summer, 25, in downtown Logan on March 22, 2011. Her body was found a week later; she had been choked to death with a zip-tie in a septic tank behind the Faith Tabernacle Church in Nelsonville, which the Inmans used to attend.
Sandra accepted a deal with the Hocking County Prosecutor’s Office and told police the location of Summer’s body.
The trial was moved to Ross County after a Hocking County Court of Common Pleas judge granted Bill Inman’s motion for a change in venue.
Ohio Assistant Attorney General Paul Scarsella said during his closing argument that Will Inman and Summer were going through a “contentious divorce, all centered around the custody” of the couple’s three children.
“There was a plan to abduct her that night,” Scarsella said. “The plan was to kidnap, there’s no doubt in that, and if she died as a result of that kidnapping, he’s guilty.”
Defense attorney Andrew Stevenson said during his closing argument that the Inmans only planned to speak with Summer about the divorce.
“Something went horribly wrong,” Stevenson said. “It was nobody’s intent to kill Summer. She died. It was a horrible tragedy.”
Bill Inman has not yet been sentenced and could be given the death penalty.
Will Inman was found guilty by a jury in Hocking County June 12 and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Sandra Inman pleaded guilty June 29 and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.