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Prosecutors Dismissing Woman's Claims She Lied In Hate Crime Case

West Virginia prosecutors are dismissing claims from a black woman who now says she was not beaten and tortured by seven white people two years ago in a trailer.

Former Logan County Prosecutor Brian Abraham says it looks to him "like another attempt to generate more publicity." All seven confessed and pleaded guilty, and all but one was sent to prison.

The lawyer for Megan Williams says his client is recanting because she no longer wants to live a lie. He says she leveled the charges to get back at a boyfriend who had beaten her.

Abraham says it's "absurd" to say that the whole thing was made up, saying he relied on the defendants' own statements and physical evidence. Williams wants those in prison to be freed. Lawyers for the defendants are refusing to discuss their plans.



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She now says she lied.

An attorney for Megan Williams says the black woman is ready to recant a story about being kidnapped, sexually assaulted and tortured by seven white men and women in a West Virginia trailer two years ago. She's scheduled to attend a news conference later today.

The man who helped put the white defendants behind bars isn't buying it. A skeptical Brian Abraham calls the whole thing "absurd," and tells The Associated Press it looks like an attempt to "generate more publicity."

Abraham says while authorities realized early in the case that statements from Williams were unreliable, her seven accused attackers pleaded guilty, with none of them filing an appeal.

The Reverend Al Sharpton was among those supporting Williams. He has written to the prosecutor in Logan County, West Virginia, urging him to vindicate those who found to be responsible if it's determined that Williams made up the story.


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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.


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