Man accused of fatally assaulting Hemet boy to stand trial
A Hemet man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son must stand trial for assault on a child resulting in death, a judge ruled Friday. The ruling was reported by the KMIR News Staff.
Derwin Keith Vining, 28, was arrested in June following a Hemet police investigation into the death of Aamar Wade Burleson.
At the end of a preliminary hearing Friday at the Banning Justice Center, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Prevost found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the single felony count, according to KMIR.
Prevost scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Feb. 23, while Vining is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
According to Hemet Police Lt. Eddie Pust, Aamar suffered undisclosed traumatic injuries at his home in the 500 block of Mobley Lane, near Buena Vista Street, shortly after 1 p.m. on June 19. Paramedics were called to the residence and found the boy unconscious, in grave condition and was taken to Hemet Valley Medical Center, where he died less than two hours later.
Detectives questioned Vining and other witnesses, culminating in the defendant’s arrest.
According to court records, Vining has another felony case pending from August 2016 for allegedly carrying a loaded handgun without a permit. He was free on his own recognizance at the time of the alleged deadly assault on his girlfriend’s son, KMIR reported. The gun case is unresolved and will likely be folded into the assault case by the District Attorney’s Office.
Hemet man hit, killed by vehicle is identified
A 58-year-old man was struck and killed Sunday night as he walked into an intersection just outside Hemet, the California Highway Patrol reported.
According to the Press Enterprise, the Riverside County Coroner’s Office said Monday night that the victim was identified as Antonio Ramirez of Hemet.
The CHP said in a news release that just after 8 pm, Sunday, Ramirez was walking south on Eighth Street near Florida Avenue. Ramirez entered the intersection but there was no marked crosswalk. He was hit by a gray 2009 Nissan Frontier traveling west, according to the CHP.
Paramedics took Ramirez to Hemet Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead just before 10 p.m., according to the coroner. The driver of the Nissan was not hurt, officials said.
Authorities say that drugs and alcohol have not been ruled out as they continue to investigate the cause of the crash.
Hemet Police Department welcomes two new officers
On Feb. 14, at the Miramar Bob Hope Theatre in San Diego, members of the Hemet Police Department attended the graduation of the 113th San Diego Regional Police Academy. Hemet PD had two officers graduate from the 25-week training program.
New officers Alexander Lee and Steven Alvarado will be welcomed into the department as part of the growing Hemet PD family.