Thursday, September 11, 2003

Woman charged in death of alleged abductor

The Associated Press

KINSMAN, Ohio - A woman who says she was abducted and raped has been charged with killing one of her alleged kidnappers with his own shotgun.

Investigators were trying to determine how she got the gun, said Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere.

The 37-year-old woman, who said she fired in self defense, was charged based on eyewitness information, Altiere said Wednesday.

"After talking to other witnesses, we're not 100 percent sure she had consensual sex or was raped. We're going to present evidence to let a court determine which should be believed," he said.

The woman was jailed to await arraignment today on a charge of voluntary manslaughter. Timothy Williams, 33, of Kinsman, was charged with kidnapping.

The woman said she was forced into a car at knife point Tuesday in Warren, was driven to an unknown location and raped, and then taken to some woods. She said she grabbed a shotgun from Brock Engle, 26, of Johnston, and shot him in the back at close range.

The woman ran a half-mile to a house near this rural northeast Ohio community 25 miles north of Youngstown and asked that police be called. Williams was arrested later in the day.

"She's yelling, 'I just shot somebody in the woods,' " said Jeff Addicott of Kinsman, who called the sheriff's office. He said the woman was barefoot and appeared very scared. The sheriff said the woman was taken to a hospital for tests and authorities had not determined whether a rape had occurred.

Trumbull County Court said the woman had no attorney as of Wednesday.

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