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Trials in OH septic tank killing costing taxpayers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Taxpayers in southern Ohio have paid more than $154,000 so far to prosecute the family accused of killing a young woman last year and hiding her body in a septic tank over a child-custody dispute.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that (http://bit.ly/VACfcx) the total court costs could reach about $200,000 to prosecute the husband and in-laws of 25-year-old Summer Inman.

Hocking County auditor Ken Wilson says the county has been drawing from a $200,000 contingency fund for the trials.

Authorities say that Summer Inman was kidnapped in March 2011, strangled with a zip tie and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church that she attended with her husband near Nelsonville.

Her husband and mother-in-law were convicted of murder, and her father-in-law's trial is set to begin next month.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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