Defense Presents Case In Sarnecki Murder Trial

Defense attorneys completed their main arguments today in the trial of the man who allegedly killed a Pizza X driver in Bloomington nearly two years ago.

Bloomington Police Chief holds up an image of James Finney at a press conference about the shooting

Photo: Joe Hren

Bloomington Police Chief holds up an image of James Finney at a press conference about the shooting

Defense attorneys completed their main arguments today in the trial of the man who allegedly killed a Pizza X driver in Bloomington nearly two years ago.

Defense attorneys argued James Finney was robbing a car when Sarnecki startled him. They say Finney then shot Sarnecki in self-defense.

The defense highlighted the difference between murder and killing someone during a robbery, saying the distinction is significant to the case.

But the prosecution rejected the idea, saying Sarnecki never touched Finney and Finney therefore used “unreasonable force.”

Closing arguments will be given Monday morning and the jury is expected to start deliberations Monday afternoon.

Find previous news coverage on the trial here and here.

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