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Jury in place in Youngstown kidnapping and assault case

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A jury is now in place and the trial is set to begin for a Youngstown man accused of beating and choking his girlfriend, and kidnapping her for nearly a week.

48-year-old Owen Gunther of Youngstown is accused of heinous crimes against Antjaunette Johnson.

Authorities say Gunther repeatedly punched and kicked Johnson at their Thornton Avenue home, and kept her locked inside the home against her will for six days.  According to the victim Gunther even allegedly tied a rope around her neck, until she passed out.

Gunther is facing serious charges including felonious assault and kidnapping.

Opening statements are expected to begin in the trial at 9am Tuesday morning at the Mahoning County Courthouse.

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