CANYON CITY - Judge William J. Cramer granted Almeron William Hinton, the former Long Creek resident who allegedly murdered his parents in a Feb. 17 incident, a continuance until Sept. 26 to enter a plea to the charges at a hearing in Grant County Circuit Court on Thursday, Sept. 5.
Hinton's defense attorneys, Dennis Hachler and Gordon Mallon, said they received an additional amount of discovery items from the prosecution which they needed to review prior to having their client enter a plea to the charges.
"We received these items in recent weeks, and they will need to be gone through before we can enter a realistic plea," Mallon said.
Hinton is charged with three counts of aggravated murder with a firearm; four counts of attempted aggravated murder; one count each of first and second-degree assault; one count of attempted murder; two counts of carrying and use of a dangerous weapon; one count of first-degree criminal mischief, one count of attempting to elude police by use of a vehicle and seven counts of recklessly endangering another as a result of a 21-count indictment handed down by a Grant County Grand Jury on March 5.
Hinton allegedly shot his parents, Almeron William Hinton Sr. and Irene Francis Hinton, in their Long Creek home on Feb. 17 before engaging police in a running gun battle through Mt. Vernon, where Oregon State Police Detective Mike Durr was wounded in the arm.
After shooting it out with law enforcement officers from several agencies, Hinton fled into the hills south of Mt. Vernon, where he eluded a police manhunt for nearly a week.
On Saturday evening, Feb. 23, Hinton returned to the John Day/Canyon City area where he crashed his truck into the Grant County Justice Facility before turning himself in to authorities.
Hinton remains lodged in the Grant County Jail on a $5 million bond.