Woman in W.Va. Torture Case Now Says She Lied, Though Defendants Admitted Assault

October 21, 2009 - 10:04 AM
A black woman at the center of a West Virginia torture case that raised racial questions now says she lied about being a victim.

In a Monday, Oct. 22, 2007 file photo, Megan Williams, 20, of Charleston, W.Va., stands outside of her home. Williams plans a Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 news conference in Columbus, Ohio, to announce that she lied about a 2007 incident in which she said she was assaulted by a group of whites in Logan County, WV. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner, File)

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) - A black woman at the center of a West Virginia torture case that raised racial questions now says she lied about being a victim.
 
The office of Columbus, Ohio, attorney Byron L. Potts says Megan Williams will attend a news conference there Wednesday saying she lied about being assaulted by a gang of whites.
 
Seven people pleaded guilty in the 2007 case. All but one were sentenced to long jail terms.
 
The former Logan County prosecutor who oversaw those cases calls Williams' new claim absurd. Brian Abraham tells The Associated Press the seven were convicted on physical evidence and their own statements.
 
Authorities say Williams was held for days in a trailer where she was forced to eat animal feces, sexually assaulted and stabbed.