HAMLIN, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — A high-profile torture case that had to be moved from Boone County to Lincoln County to find an impartial jury has finally come to an end.
A jury found Kevin Woodrum guilty of four charges: kidnapping (with a recommendation of mercy), malicious assault, domestic battery, and assault during the commission of a felony. He was found not guilty of second-degree sexual assault and strangulation.
Prosecutor Keith Randolph said Woodrum has a dark side and a need to control, which came to fruition on Friday, December 10, 2016.
It was that "night of terror," prosecutors say, Woodrum stripped the woman, bound her to a bed with rope and duct tape, and assaulted her. They said Woodrum allegedly tried to rape her and attempted to rupture her breast implants, leaving bruises on her chest. Prosecutors said he attempted waterboard her.
"Why did he shove this sock in her mouth and put duct tape over it?" asked assistant prosecutor Jennifer Anderson. "He tied her to the bed, he poured water over her face, he burnt with a lighter, he beat her."
It was an emotional day in the courtroom, as Woodrum himself was called to the stand, admitting some of the prosecution's claims but denying others.
"If I could take it back 1,000 times, I would. I live with it every day, I torture myself every day over it," Woodrum said.
Thirteen jurors - seven women and six men - heard closing arguments from Anderson and defense attorney Mark Hobbs
"I think, if you gave him 5,000 years, it wouldn't be enough for her," Hobbs said.
The jury began deliberating around 3:15 Friday afternoon.
Woodrum will be sentenced at a later date.