Inman Sr. Sentenced to Life w/ No Parole
Updated: Friday, February 8 2013, 02:02 AM EST
CHILLICOTHE -- William Inman Sr. will spend the rest of his life in prison for his role in the death of his daughter-in-law, whose body was found in a Hocking County septic tank.
Inman was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole Wednesday, 2 days after being convicted of joining with his wife and son to strangle Summer Inman with a zip tie in March, 2011.
During testimony, Montgomery County Deputy Coroner Dr. Brian Kasto told jurors the zip tie used to kill Summer was wrapped so tightly around her neck, it was barely visible under her skin.
Kasto said, in order to remove the zip tie, he "had to wedge [wire cutters] underneath the skin to make the cut."
A second tie was found wrapped around Summer's wrists when her body was discovered, according to investigators.
Inman's defense team admitted their client's role in the disposal of Summer's body -- which was discovered in a septic tank
behind a church in Nelsonville -- but claimed his son was responsible for her murder.
Summer and William Jr. were in the midst of a bitter divorce when the young woman was killed.
Prosecutors argued William Sr.'s involvement in the crime was more significant, pointing to witness accounts stating Summer was forced into a car matching the description of William Sr.'s Crown Victoria on the night she disappeared.
An investigator testified during the trial that the exterior of William Sr.'s car was muddy when examined by investigators, but the interior had been cleaned to the point that no fingerprints were visible.
"Usually, if a vehicle is dirty, it's dirty both on the exterior and the interior," said Mark Kollar of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. "Normally, we would find more on the interior of the vehicle than the exterior."
Prosecutors believe the mud found on the car came from an area around the septic tank in which Summer's body was found.
Inman's wife and son previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the crime. William Jr. was also sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole, while Sandra Inman was given a sentence of 15 years to life.
Jurors deliberated for approximately two-and-a-half hours before recommending a life sentence for William Inman Sr. -- which mirrored the amount of time it took them to convict him of Summer's murder.
Reporter: Tom Bosco
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