- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit man charged in the kidnapping and torture of a woman who was beaten and burned with a blowtorch has been acquitted.

The Detroit Free Press and WDIV-TV report Roderick Neeley was found not guilty this week by a jury in Wayne County Circuit Court. Neeley, whose last name earlier was listed as Neely by prosecutors, also faced charges including attempted rape.

A 43-year-old woman had said a man with a gun forced her into a car as she left a gas station. The woman said her attacker knocked her out, then later burned her feet with a blowtorch. She escaped after hitting him in the eye with a screwdriver.

Defense attorney Craig Tank says the woman never appeared on the gas station security camera and DNA didn’t match.



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