James D. Finney, 23, was expected to go on trial for the murder of Adam Sarnecki on Oct. 1, but the case has been pushed to Feb. 18.
In a pretrial hearing last Tuesday, Monroe Circuit Judge Marc Kellams reminded Finney’s lawyers that if Finney does not cooperate with court-assigned mental health experts, he is allowed only one friend or family member as a witness to testify on his behalf.
He will also be unable to call his own mental health expert to the stand.
Last week, Finney asked in a letter to Kellams to move the case out of Monroe County due to pretrial publicity. Finney’s lawyers have not decided whether or not to file a motion to have the case moved.
Finney is charged with the murder of Sarnecki, being a felon in possession of a handgun, illegal possession of a handgun, battery with a deadly weapon, burglary and criminal recklessness.
— Charles Scudder
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