A jury of seven women and five men were sequestered Friday evening at approximately 5:30 p.m. after the conclusion of a murder trial involving defendant Aaron Ray Wesley Hinson who was accused of the murder of a three month old infant.
At 9:25 p.m. the jury rendered their verdict, finding Hinson guilty of first degree murder involving a child. The jury rendered a guilty plea with a recommended sentence of life.
Officials with the LeFlore County District Attorneys office expect closing arguments at the Aaron Hinson Case later today. Case will be released to jury for verdict. Make sure to grab a copy of the Poteau Daily News tomorrow for the complete story.
Caden Place is the two-year-old of Jarrod and Rachel Place of Heavener. On January 30 he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He is now at St Francis receiving treatment. First Baptist Church in Heavener is hosting a Indian Taco dinner on March 4 to help with the expenses. On April 14 the Heavener Fire Department with the help of the Heavener and Poteau Masonic Lodges are putting on their fourth Annual Heavener Benefit Texas Hold'em Tournament. This year the proceeds from that event will be used to help the Place family.
Traci Barnes and other members of the Poteau Area Business Association (PABA) will be on hand tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Buckley Public Library to speak about the upcoming special election on the proposed hotel tax in Poteau. The party has also invited anyone wishing to speak in favor of the tax to come to the meeting as well.
Trial for Aaron Hinson began Tuesday morning at 9 A.m. Seven woman and five men were chosen to decide Hinson's fate. The trial began with jury members listening closely to what their responsibilities and requirements are as a juror. After instructions were given opening statements were presented by both Margaret Nicholson, Assistant District Attorney prosecuting in the case and Peter Ashor, defense attorney for Hinson. Nicholson began telling the jurors what evidence she would be presenting and how she is convinced that Hinson was guilty of murdering his girlfriends three-month-old son.
The annual banquet for the LeFlore County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be on March 8. Doors open at 5:30. The NWTF banquets is open to the public and it is an exciting event for all. The banquet allows people of all ages to get access to exclusive merchandise and help raise funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women and children. The NWTF is a national non-profit organization that works towards the conservation of the wild turkey.
Jury selection begun in trail against Aaron Ray Wesley Hinson today in LeFlore County District Court. Opening arguments should begin on Tuesday.
Hinson was charged in 2009 with the murder of an infant child after the child succumbed to injuries received while in Hinson's care.
According to the affidavit, Hinson is accused of causing a skull fracture and bruises to his girlfriend's infant son. Hinson and the infant's mother were both charged with the Child's death.