Ohio Jury Hung On Murder Charge In Boy's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A jury has deadlocked on a murder charge against a man accused of killing a preschool boy by kicking and punching him and throwing him across a room.

Franklin County jurors found 21-year-old Robert Overton of Columbus guilty of felonious assault and child endangering, but were unable to agree on the murder count.

Judge Laurel Beatty did not set a sentencing date for the Thursday convictions, and prosecutors have not yet determined if they will seek a new trial on the murder charge.

Overton is accused of killing Antwan Bowman, the 4-year-old son of his former girlfriend, at her home in 2007.

A coroner says the child died from a change his heartbeat due to blunt force.

Defense attorneys suggested the boy's 13-year-old brother was at fault for the death.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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