Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Family of A Young Black Women Raped, Beaten, and Tortured

This Article was Copied From MSN:

The family of a young black woman who police said was raped, beaten and tortured by six people in Logan County is calling on law enforcement to file hate crimes charges against the suspects, all of whom are white. During a press conference Thursday at Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital, the family of 20-year-old Megan Williams asked the Logan County Prosecuting Attorney to pursue hate crimes charges. According to court records, Williams was stabbed, sexually assaulted, beaten and choked. Police said one of the suspects cut her and said “that’s what we do to niggers around here.” "If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, acts like a duck and walks like a duck, it has to be a duck," said Rev. Emanuel Heyliger, who represented the family during the press conference. He said if Logan County officials don't file hate crimes charges, federal government officials should intervene. The six suspects charged with raping and torturing Williams are schedulaed to be in court early next week. Frankie and Bobby Brewster, Danny Combs, George Messer, Karen Burton and Alisha Burton have all been charged in connection with the incident. Comb's hearing is on Tuesday while the other suspects are expected to be in court on Monday. U.S. Attorney Charles Miller announced Wednesday that his office will not seek federal charges in the case. "Because of the serious nature of the pending charges in Logan County, both in the factual allegations and in the potential penalties if the defendants are convicted, we have and will continue to work closely with local authorities," Miller said in a release. "At this time, we believe it is appropriate to defer to the Logan County Prosecutor in pursuing the state charges against the defendants.' Logan County Prosecutor Brian Abraham said Wednesday he was looking into hate crimes charges. "There is no doubt, from what I've seen, that race was a contributing factor," said Abraham. "Whether it was the sole motivating factor or a motivating factor, I want to wait until we get all the evidence in to this office before I make that determination." Williams' mother said Tuesday the family is trying to cope. The victim was still recovering at CAMC and family members said she was doing well. "I know the Lord will somehow bring us through this, but you know, it's just devastating," said Carmen Williams. A spokesperson for Capital High School, where Megan Williams was a student, said she was in special needs classes. Deputies said they received a tip Saturday that a woman was being held against her will at the Brewster residence in the Big Creek area of Logan County, according to a release from the Logan County Sheriff's Department. When police arrived, Frankie Brewster was sitting on the front porch. She told the officer that she was alone, the release said. As she was speaking with the officer, Brewster got up and started walking toward the door. That's when police say the victim "limped toward the door with her arms held out saying 'help me,'" the release said. They found the Megan Williams inside the home with stab wounds to her legs and bruised eyes, the release said. Deputies said she'd also been sexually assaulted. Family members say the nightmare began at least a week earlier. "She has a history of kinda drifting off every once in a while so I just thought she was running around town like she usually does," said Carmen Williams Authorities say Megan was being held hostage by 24-year-old Bobby Brewster and his mother, 49-year-old Frankie Brewster. Police say the Brewsters, as well as four other suspects, tortured Megan Williams for days by severely beating, stabbing and raping her. Police say they forced her to perform sex acts on multiple people. She was even made to lick up blood as well as rat and dog feces, according to court documents. "I was shocked. I really can't understand how anybody could do anyone like that," Williams said. The criminal complaint shows the group threatened to kill Megan if she left and shouted racial slurs at her during the abuse. Carmen Williams said she thinks race did play a part in the ordeal, but now she is just focusing on her daughter's recovery and hoping others can learn from their story. "I want other parents and other mothers to realize that there are people out there like that. To keep a closer eye on their children," she said. "You never think it'll happen to your child but obviously I never thought, but here we are." The victim's most severe injuries include a fractured arm and a deep stab wound on her leg. Deputies are still trying to determine just how long Megan Williams was held against her will. They say it could have been a week or longer. "I mean, I've been in law enforcement for over 30 years, and this is probably the most horrendous thing that I've ever seen or ever encountered," said Logan County Sheriff Eddie Hunter. They face a slew of charges including kidnapping, sexual assault and malicious wounding. Karen Burton – charged with malicious wounding, battery, assault during the commission of a felony. According to a criminal complaint filed in Logan County, she pulled the victim’s hair, choked the victim, cut her ankles and told her “that’s what we do to niggers around here.” Bobby R. Brewster – charged with kidnapping, first-degree sexual assault, malicious wounding, assault during commission of a felony. According to the criminal complaint, Brewster forced to victim to have sex with him, threatened to kill her, stabbed the victim and forced her to eat rat and dog feces and drink from a toilet bowl. Danny J Combs – charged with first-degree sexual assault and malicious wounding. According to the criminal complaint, he forced the victim to have sex with him at knife point. Frankie Lee Brewster - charged with giving false information, second-degree sexual assault, kidnapping, malicious wounding. According to the criminal complaint, Brewster forced the victim to have oral sex with her, threatened to kill the victim and withheld information from police when they arrived at her residence to investigate a missing person report. Alisha Burton - charged with assault during the commission of a felony, battery. According to the criminal complaint, Burton beat and choked the victim. The suspects had lengthy criminal records In 1994, Frankie Brewster was indicted on first degree murder charges, but pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an 84-year old woman. In March of this year, her son Bobby Brewster, was charged with brandishing a deadly weapon. Last year he was charged with battery on a police officer. Combs' criminal history includes a malicious wounding charge in 2006. Messer has several domestic violence charges, including second offense domestic assault and burglary. Karen Burton and her daughter Alisha have also been arrested on numerous occasions. Karen Burton has been charged with assault on a police officer. Her daughter was charged with domestic assault in May.

1 comment:

Lu said...

This is really sad. They need to go to jail for life. How can you be full of so much hatred? Everyone please pray for that family and pray that justice is served.

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