Okay - I received information from the New Jersey State Archives on this case.And yes, Aaron (Arand) VanHook was convicted of murder by the New Jersey court.
According to the case, tried in February 1748/49, Arand VanHook (late of Hopewell), with his right hand, hit one "William Rounes" on the left temple on 10 July 1748.William Rounes fell to the ground and died 2 days later on 12 July.
I have no idea who William Rounes is - I can't find any record of him.Arand VanHook plead not guilty to the charges, but a jury of 12 men found him guilty.
It's not clear that Arand was actually at the trial, or was tried "in abstentia." The court documents do not show any witnesses, depositions, etc.Just the seating of the jury, the charges and the finding of the jury.No sentence is shown - but one would expect to find a sentence of "death by hanging."
It's interesting that the record shows Arand was "late of Hopewell" - Arand may have relocated to Bucks County, PA by this time, or already headed to North Carolina.Or.... is this trial for Aaron VanHook "Junior"????Don't know.