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More charges expected in torture case

September 18, 2007

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— Some of the six people accused of torturing a woman for days in rural West Virginia are expected to face additional kidnapping and sexual assault charges, the county prosecutor said Monday.

Four of the defendants had been scheduled to appear in court Monday, but a dispute over which magistrate would hear the cases postponed their hearings, prosecutor Brian Abraham said. Two of the county's three magistrates were disqualified from one of the cases.

Three defendants also secured new defense attorneys, who were meeting with their clients Monday morning.

Abraham declined to elaborate on the new charges, except to say that they would be filed by today.

The six people charged, all of them white, are accused of assaulting Megan Williams, who is black, for more than a week at a ramshackle trailer in Big Creek.

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