Woman Forced To Watch Brutal Crime Speaks Out

January 23, 2012 Updated Jan 23, 2012 at 9:34 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 23, 2012 Updated Jan 23, 2012 at 9:34 AM EDT

INSTITUTE, WEST VIRGINIA (WKBW) – A woman forced to watch the brutal dismemberment of a woman in a West Virginia apartment is speaking out.

The victim was Carol Ann Rhim, 53, who was a native of Medina in Orleans County, but moved to West Virginia several years ago. Police said her boyfriend Nathaniel Lawton, 54, killed her. Lawton allegedly killed Rhim last Tuesday then dismembered her body with a hacksaw.

A few days later, police in Jackson County found Rhim’s head and hands in the trunk of Lawton’s car.

When police tried to execute the search warrant, Lawton took his own life.

Although the eyewitness wanted to keep her identity hidden, she did speak out about the horrific ordeal.

"I saw him cut her head off, her whole body and everything. It was bad, it really was. I was afraid to say anything I just went along with it, cause if not he was going to hurt me too,” the eyewitness said.

Police are now working with that victim to put together the details of the crime.

The Rhim family will be holding a memorial service in West Virginia. Then, the body will be transported back to Western New York where a funeral and burial will take place. A date for the service has not been set.