On the witness stand Thursday, medical examiner Roland Kohr described finding a bullet in Adam Sarnecki’s chest.
“I dug it out with my fingers. Literally,” said Kohr.
Kohr’s testimony began the third day of the trial against accused killer James Finney. Finney was arrested in the shooting death of the Pizza X delivery driver nearly two years ago.
He pleaded not guilty to the murder charges.
Finney sat in a suit and tie among his defense attorneys watching Kohr and turning a pen over in his hand.
Kohr explained the distance of the gun from Sarnecki’s back at the time of the shooting could be classified as “distant.” “It could have been 18 inches away… it could have been 18 feet.”
He said the bullet entered the victim’s back on the lower right side, traveled through his kidney, stomach, and finally lodged in his anterior chest wall.
The examiner ruled the manner of death was homicide.
Indiana State Police forensic scientists Nicole Keeling and Miranda Michael were also called to testify. They identified evidence including the handgun used to kill Sarnecki. Michael then confirmed the presence of Finney’s DNA on the gun.
Jury members inspected some of the only remaining clues from that night two years ago: packaged forensic swabs from a bullet fragment, magazine, car door handles and the handgun.
The prosecution also presented the jury with video of Finney confessing to police that he shot Sarnecki.
The defense is arguing that while Finney committed a crime, it wasn’t murder. Instead, defense attorney Spencer argued Finney shot Sarnecki as a result of “sudden heat,” or terror incited from being chased.
“There’s no evidence James wanted to kill anyone that night. He wanted to steal money from cars,” Spencer said.
Spencer says Sarnecki chased his client after the attempted thefts, which provoked fear.
Sarnecki’s mother Anita Lozano sat behind the jury during the trial.
“In the end, no matter what my feelings may be towards James Finney, God is in control. He instructs us to love our enemies and I’m having a hard time with that when I see him snicker at me and the prosecutors, but I will remain steadfast in my faith that all things happen for a reason,” Lozano said.
The judge expects final arguments to be delivered Monday. He says the jury will likely begin deliberations that afternoon.