The other witness said she had a personal score to settle with Inman and fabricated her statements to police to punish him.
The prosecutor took a novel tack: The witnesses told the police one story, and they’re telling the jury a different story. He had the women’s original statements to police read in court and told the jurors: Don’t believe what they’re telling you in court; believe what they first told the police.
Bill Rankin has been an AJC reporter for more than 30 years. His father, Jim Rankin, worked as an editor for the newspaper for 26 years, retiring in 1986. Bill has primarily covered the state’s court system, doing all he can do to keep the scales of justice on an even keel. Since 2015, he has been the host of the newspaper’s Breakdown podcast.