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Hemet man must stand trial in death of girlfriend’s 4-year-old son

By in Press Enterprise on February 10, 2018

By City News Service

BANNING — A Hemet man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son must stand trial for assault on a child resulting in death.

Derwin Keith Vining II, 28, was arrested in June following a Hemet police investigation into the death of Aamar Wade-Burleson.

Derwin Keith Vining II, then 27, was arrested Wednesday, June 21, 2017, on suspicion of killing a 4-year-old boy. (Photo courtesy of Hemet Police Department)

At the end of a preliminary hearing Friday at the Banning Justice Center, a Riverside County Superior Court judge found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the single felony count.

A post-preliminary hearing arraignment was scheduled for Feb. 23. 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 and in grave condition, according to Pust. The victim 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. At the time of the assault, the suspect was supposed to be watching the boy while the mother worked, police said.

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, records show.

The gun case is unresolved and will likely be folded into the assault case by the District Attorney’s Office.


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