CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Witcher Creek woman wiped tears from her eyes on Monday as she told jurors about being tortured for several hours just over a year ago.
Joey Keith Jeffrey, 44, could be sentenced to life in prison on a kidnapping charge in the case. His trial began Monday in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Jeffrey, also of Witcher Creek, is accused of abducting his cousin, Leanne Quinn, 34, in December 2012. Prosecutors say Jeffrey beat Quinn, stabbed her and electrocuted her before leaving her on the side of a mountain.
Last year, Cindy Creathers, 38, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery in the case. Creathers, who admitted she was with Jeffrey during the incident with Quinn, was sentenced to one to five years in jail.
Jeffrey's attorney, Shawn Bayliss, told jurors more weight should be given to the role Creathers played. Bayliss said his client had romantic relationships with both Creathers and Quinn and that the case was more about "a fight between two women."
Quinn denied having had a romantic relationship with Jeffrey.
Prosecutors dropped a kidnapping charge against Creathers in exchange for her testimony against Jeffrey. Creathers will testify that Jeffrey threatened to kill both her and Quinn, said Kanawha County assistant prosecutor Tera Salango.
During Creathers' plea hearing, according to previous media reports, Creathers said Jeffrey threatened her and said, "Do you remember Melanie Metheny? I'm going to put you in the same hole I put her in."
Metheny, a Belle resident, disappeared in 2006.
Jeffrey also faces charges of malicious wounding, first-degree robbery and assault during the commission of a felony.
On Dec. 8, 2012, Jeffrey, Quinn and Creathers were together at the Knights Inn in Kanawha City. Quinn admitted she was using methamphetamine and taking Xanax at the hotel.