By Tom Mustin
AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– More than 12 years years after the disappearance of 6-year-old Aarone Thompson, her Aurora neighbor Mark Fenton is still grieving.
“That brought a whole lot of grief to this whole block and that whole family and this whole city. I wish it would all go away.” he told CBS4’s Tom Mustin.
In 2005, Aarone’s parents reported her missing. Aurora police and volunteers scanned the neighborhood but Aarone’s body was never found.
Her father, Aaron Thompson was convicted in connection with her death in 2009 and sentenced to 114 years in jail. Now a technicality may reverse his conviction.
Fenton is livid, “If you can’t put a guy who kills his child in jail, what good is society? He’s as guilty as sin. I don’t care how many technicalities they come up with, they’re going to put him away. You know why? Society needs him put away.”
Here’s the issue- the Supreme Court ruled that every defendant has the right to the attorney of his choice. David Lane represented Thompson for two years without charge, but requested some help.
“The state is obligated to provide funds for indigent defendants to hire an investigator. They refused,” said Lane.
Lane eventually stepped down. A public defender took over the case and Thompson was convicted. Now appellate lawyers want a new trial.
Lane says they may have a case, “The court denied him the right to his attorney of his choice. They may now have to live with the consequences of their actions.”
It’s a technicality that has Fenton sending a message to his former neighbor, “Go to jail and stay there the rest of your life. Society would be better off without you.”
Thompson was convicted on several charges related to his daughter’s disappearance and abuse of his other children. His wife, Shely Lowe, was also expected to face charges. She died in 2006 from a heart condition.
A judge will hear the case Feb. 15.