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Inman given life without parole for deadly crime

A Ross County jury decided Wednesday afternoon that William “Bill” Inman will spend life in prison for murdering his daughter-in-law.

A jury convicted Inman, 48, Monday for killing Summer Cook Inman in March 2011. He was convicted of two counts of aggravated murder and one count each of murder, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.

The jury sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to Inman’s attorney Andrew Stevenson’s office.

Inman could have been sentenced to the death penalty.

Bill Inman committed the murder of Summer Inman, 25, with his son, William “Will” Inman, 28, and Bill’s wife, Sandra Inman, 48.

The Inmans kidnapped Summer, who was going through a divorce and custody battle with Will, from downtown Logan on March 22, 2011. Her body was found a week later, strangled with a zip-tie, in a septic tank behind the Faith Tabernacle Church in Nelsonville, which the Inmans used to attend.

Will and Sandra were found guilty of the same charges as Bill. Will was given the same sentence as his father after a Hocking County jury found him guilty on June 12. Sandra pleaded guilty on June 29 and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Bill’s trial was moved to Ross County after Hocking County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Wallace granted his motion for a change of venue.  

The trial lasted four days, and all 12 jurors agreed that Bill Inman was guilty of all six counts, including the gun specification on the two aggravated murder charges, after only three hours of deliberation.

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