Judge Denies Motion For Inman Trial

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Bethany Venable

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Updated Thu, Aug 23, 2012 12:37 pm

UPDATE 12:35 p.m. An Ohio man accused of strangling his daughter-in-law and leaving her body in a septic tank could still be subject to the death penalty if convicted.

Attorneys for William Inman argued that a plea deal prosecutors made with Inman's wife prevents the state from pursuing the death penalty against him.
 
Hocking County Common Pleas Court Judge John Wallace denied their motion Thursday.
 
Inman is charged with aggravated murder and other crimes in the March 2011 murder of 25-year-old Summer Cook Inman.
 
Authorities said Summer Inman was abducted, strangled with a zip tie and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church. Inman's wife and son already have been convicted in the slaying, which prosecutors say was motivated by a child custody fight.

Jury selection begins Thursday for a Hocking County man accused of strangling his daughter-in-law and leaving her body in a septic tank.

According to a clerk with the Hocking County Common Pleas Court, selection for the case of William Inman is expected to last the rest of the week, and the trial is expected to begin Tuesday.
 
Inman has asked a judge to remove the death penalty as a possible punishment if he is convicted.
 
Attorneys for Inman told Judge John Wallace on Wednesday that a plea deal prosecutors made with Inman's wife prevents the state from pursuing the death penalty against him.
 
He is charged with aggravated murder and other crimes in the March 2011 murder of 25-year-old Summer Cook Inman.
 
Authorities said Summer Inman was abducted, strangled with a zip tie and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church.
 
Inman's wife and son already have been convicted in the slaying, which prosecutors say was motivated by a child custody fight.
 
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