Ohio county fears high costs of trials in septic-tank slaying
Officials and residents of a southeast Ohio county are concerned about bills the Appalachian area faces for three murder trials in the slaying of a woman found strangled in a septic tank last year.
Hocking County commissioners have put $100,000 into a fund to pay for the upcoming trials in 25-year-old Summer Inman’s slaying, but they know that will not be enough, The Columbus Dispatch reported today.
No one knows how high the cost will be for the county of approximately 29,000 people about 50 miles southeast of Columbus.
“That could just be a drop in the bucket,” Commissioner Sandra Ogle said of the $100,000.
Inman was abducted on March 22 last year outside a Logan bank she was cleaning after hours, forced by two men into a car driven by a woman and strangled, authorities said. Her body was found a week later in an underground septic tank behind a church near Nelsonville in Athens County.
Inman’s estranged husband and the husband’s parents have pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the death. Their trials are scheduled over the next few months.