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UPDATE: Suspects appear in court in alleged kidnapping case involving torture

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Published: Jun. 6, 2017 at 3:50 PM EDT
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UPDATE 6/9/17 @ 2:50 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The case involving two men facing multiple charges for allegedly kidnapping a man, stripping him naked, torturing him and firing a gun at him is headed to a grand jury.

Torra Johnson, 34, and Donte Hendricks, 21, both of Huntington, appeared Friday in Cabell County Magistrate Court for a preliminary hearing.

Investigators say a third suspect, 35-year-old James Hughes, also was involved in the incident, but his case was dismissed earlier for direct indictment.

According to the criminal complaint, all three suspects were at a mobile home in the 4400 block of Altizer Avenue on May 26 when they allegedly forced Robert Lewingdon II to remove all his clothing and to get on his stomach in the floor.

The suspects then allegedly hogtied the victim with cords, with his hands and feet behind his back and a cord around his throat. They proceeded to threaten the victims with firearms, kicked him multiple times, poured hot candle wax on his body and burned him several times with an electric flat iron.

Investigators say one of the suspects fired a shot near Lewingdon, and then two of them forced Daniele Stowers to drive them and the victim at gunpoint to a remote area along Green Valley Drive.

When they arrived there, the suspects forced the victim out of the car, took all of his things from him at gunpoint and forced him to walk away with his hands in the air. As the victim was walking away, investigators say Johnson fired a shot at the victim “with the intent to cause serious injury or to kill the victim.”

A fourth suspect is wanted in the case, investigators say.

New details emerged in court on Friday about the relationship between the defendants and the victims.

"I sell drugs for them," Robert Lewingdon II said. "I run their drugs, I run their crack, I run their coke."

Stowers said the altercation started because the defendants believed Lewingdon may have set them up to be robbed.

There were discrepancies during the victim's testimony.

Defense attorney Steve Wright asked Lewingdon if he owned any firearms.

"No sir, I do not. I'm a convicted felon, I'm not allowed to have any guns," Lewingdon responded.

He was then asked by Wright, "so you never purchased a firearm from my client (Donte Hendricks)?"

"Nope, I never exchanged no money, nothing with him over a gun ever," Lewingdon responded.

But Stowers says Lewingdon did retrieve a gun and drugs from Hendricks on the day of the kidnapping.

"If he (Lewingdon) did in fact testify under oath that he did not posses a firearm, did not get it from my client ... if he testified to that would he be lying?" Wright asked Stowers.

"Yes," Stowers responded.


ORIGINAL STORY 6/6/17

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three men face multiple charges after they allegedly kidnapped a man, stripped him naked, tortured him and fired a gun at him, Cabell County court records show.

Torra Johnson, 34, and Donte Hendricks, 21, both of Huntington, and James Hughes, 35, were arrested.

Johnson is charged with malicious or unlawful assault, wanton endangerment involving a firearm, conspiracy and kidnapping.

Hendricks is charged with kidnapping, conspiracy, robbery or attempted robbery and malicious or unlawful assault.

Hughes is charges with malicious or unlawful assault.

According to the criminal complaint, all three suspects and another man, who has not been arrested, were at a mobile home in the 4400 block of Altizer Avenue on May 26 when they allegedly forced a man to remove all his clothing and to get on his stomach in the floor.

The suspects then allegedly hogtied the victim with cords, with his hands and feet behind his back and a cord around his throat. They proceeded to threaten the victims with firearms, kicked him multiple times, poured hot candle wax on his body and burned him several times with an electric flat iron.

Investigators say one of the suspects fired a shot near the victim, and then two of them forced a woman to drive them and the victim at gunpoint to a remote area along Green Valley Drive.

When they arrived there, the suspects forced the victim out of the car, took all of his things from him at gunpoint and forced him to walk away with his hands in the air. As the victim was walking away, investigators say Johnson fired a shot at the victim “with the intent to cause serious injury or to kill the victim.”

All three men arrested remain in the Western Regional Jail. Their bonds are as follows: Johnson ($400,000), Hendricks ($300,000) and Hughes ($100,000).

Johnson and Hendricks will be back in court on Friday for their preliminary hearing.

Hughes' case was dismissed for direct indictment.

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