A black woman named Megan Williams whose allegations of horrific abuse put many people behind bars is now saying she lied w hen she said she was kidnapped, raped, and tortured in the West Virginia trailer. WTH? Read more on this story guaranteed to piss many people off!
Police is West Virginia say that the “hate crime” of 2007 where Megan Williams said she was stabbed, beaten with sticks, raped, doused with hot water, forced to eat feces, taunted with racial slurs, and forced to drink the urine of her captors now said she lied!!
Megan Williams’ lawyer, Byron L. Potts, said simply, “Megan Williams is now recanting her story.”
Megan Williams will have a news conference Wednesday.
But Brian Abraham, the former Logan County prosecutor who worked the case was skeptical that the story is a lie.
“If she’s going to say that she made it all up, that’s absurd,” Brian Abraham told The Associated Press Wednesday. “This looks like another attempt to generate more publicity.”
Abraham did say that police knew Williams exaggerated details of the case so they couldn’t rely on her statements.
The seven people charged with crimes were convicted based on their own statements and physical evidence.
All seven people pleaded guilty, and all but one were sentenced to long prison sentences.
Those convicted were Danny Combs; Bobby Brewster; Brewster’s mother, Frankie Brewster; George Messer; Karen Burton; Burton’s daughter, Alisha Burton; and Karen Burton’s son, Linnie Burton Jr. Linnie Burton Jr. was the only defendant not to serve jail time; he was convicted of a misdemeanor battery charge and given a six-month suspended sentence.
The horrific allegedly occurred at a trailer owned by Frankie Brewster in a rural area of Logan County, about 50 miles from Charleston.
Calls to lawyers for the seven were either not immediately returned Wednesday or were met with refusals to comment. Abraham said none of the seven have appealed.
“This was a very detailed criminal investigation,” he said.
All the people that supported Megan Williams were guarded with their comments upon hearing the news that Williams now says she lied.
“We did have some concerns about what was being done at the time and how it was carried out by Megan and the family, because of her mental condition,” said the Rev. Audie Murphy, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Logan and Boone counties.
“We feel the legal system will handle it accordingly,” Murphy said. “We didn’t rush to judgment then, and we’re not rushing to judgment now.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton was contacted by William’s lawyer Potts on Tuesday and said that Williams wanted to apologize for lying.
Sharpton has sent a letter to Logan County prosecutor John Bennett asking him to look into Williams’ new claims and has urged Potts and Williams to meet with Bennett.
“If Ms. Williams has, in fact, fabricated her story, then I urge your office to vindicate any wrongfully convicted individuals,” Sharpton wrote.
In a phone call to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Sharpton said the matter should be handled delicately, citing “psychological issues” with Williams.
“This isn’t cut and dried either way,” he said. “Right is right, but I have no idea if tomorrow her story will change back.”
Calls to Bennett were not immediately returned.
So did Megan Williams really lie about the whole thing? How did she receive those injuries? Weigh in on your thoughts!
Here’s what Megan Williams had to say two years ago:
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