Le Flore County man convicted in death of baby boy

Aaron Ray Wesley Hinson, 25, of Howe, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 4-month-old Aiden Furney, District Attorney Jeff Smith said.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: March 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm •  Published: March 5, 2012
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A Le Flore County man accused of leaving his shoeprint on a 4-month-old boy's torso and fracturing his skull was convicted in the child's death, a prosecutor said Monday.

The jury deliberated for three-and-a-half hours Friday before convicting Aaron Ray Wesley Hinson, 25, of Howe, of first-degree murder, District Attorney Jeff Smith said.

Smith said the jury recommended a sentence of life with the chance of parole. Hinson will be required to serve more than 38 years before he is eligible for parole, he said.

An autopsy showed Aiden Furney died from blunt force trauma, Smith said.

The boy had a shoeprint on his rib cage area, and bruising around his neck and left lower leg, according to an arrest affidavit. An emergency room doctor told law officers the infant had bleeding on his brain and there was evidence of an “old skull fracture along with a recent skull fracture,” the affidavit states.

The infant's mother, Kayla Furney, 23, of Wilburton, also is charged in Le Flore County District Court with enabling child abuse by injury.

She testified for the state against Hinson, Smith said.

“There is no plea agreement in place in exchange for her testimony,” Smith said.

Furney is due back in court Tuesday, he said.

Formal sentencing for Hinson is scheduled April 3, court records show.


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