Created on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CINCINNATI (AP) — A jury has found an Ohio man guilty of murder and felonious assault in the beating death of his 2-year-old son who was returned to his parents from foster care.
A prosecutor's spokesman says a Hamilton County jury on Tuesday did not find 30-year-old Antrone Smith guilty of the aggravated murder charge against him, and he won't face the death penalty.
He could face up to life in prison.
Smith said he punched DeMarcus Jackson in the stomach the day before his son died Oct. 21, 2011, of blunt force trauma to his abdomen. Smith said he didn't mean to kill him.
Smith's attorney says the jury reached the right verdict based on the evidence. Attorney Tim McKenna says there was no intent to kill the child.