June 25, 2016

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DNA delay holds up in murder trial of Aaron Furin

MEDINA — The attorney for an accused killer is saying the man’s trial, which was set to begin next week, can’t start because DNA testing isn’t complete.

Aaron A. Furin, 30, instead will go on trial in June, according to court records. Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler granted a continuance.

Aaron Furin

Aaron Furin

Furin is charged with aggravated murder in the death of 37-year-old James D. Carney. Prosecutors said Furin could spend life in prison if convicted, with parole eligibility at 15, 20, 25 or 30 years.

According to police reports, Furin and Carney got into a fistfight at a party at 381 Longview Road just after 10 p.m. Oct. 16. Witnesses said Carney started to leave, but Furin retrieved a hunting knife from the house and stabbed Carney in the chest while Carney tried to get into his vehicle.

Carney drove away but crashed a short distance down the road, police reported. He died at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was transported by helicopter.

Furin was arrested that evening and has been held at the county jail ever since on $2 million bond.

Furin’s attorney, Jennifer Schwartz, said in a motion that the results of DNA testing are essential to building a defense.

“It is possible that Furin will request time to have his experts examine the results or perform independent testing,” Schwartz wrote. “It is also possible that the results will be consistent with Furin’s anticipated defense so that no independent review is necessary.

“In any event, neither side can fully prepare for trial or discuss a resolution of the charges without knowing the results of the DNA testing.”

Schwartz said she did not know when the test results would be available.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.