Woman in W.Va. Torture Case Says She Lied Out of Revenge Against Boyfriend

October 21, 2009 - 6:05 PM
An attorney for a black woman who claimed torture by a white group in West Virginia says his client fabricated the story to get back at a boyfriend who had beaten her up.

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)

Columbus, Ohio (AP) - An attorney for a black woman who claimed torture by a white group in West Virginia says his client fabricated the story to get back at a boyfriend who had beaten her up.
 
Megan Williams' attorney, Byron Potts, said at a news conference Wednesday that Williams came forward because she no longer wants to live a lie. Potts encouraged West Virginia authorities to re-evaluate the case.
 
Williams told authorities in 2007 that she had been beaten, raped, forced to eat animal feces and taunted with racial slurs for days. She now lives in Columbus.
 
Seven white men and women were convicted in the case, and most are serving long prison terms.
 
Prosecutors in West Virginia have dismissed Williams' new claim, and lawyers for the defendants aren't discussing their plans.