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Last updated on Thursday, October 3, 2013
(BLOOMINGTON) - Adam Sarnecki had just returned from delivering a pizza and had parked his car in the Pizza X lot when he confronted a man breaking into his boss’s Ford Crown Victoria.
It was Nov. 3, 2011, just before midnight. Moments later, the 22-year-old stumbled in through the employee door and told coworker Justin Banks he had been shot.
Prosecutor Jeffery Bradley told the 12 jury members Tuesday that Sarnecki had only one more delivery to make before ending his shift when he was allegedly shot and killed by James Finney.
Days later police arrested Finney who had the gun used in the incident.
Finney is accused of shooting Sarnecki in the back.
Finney is charged with one felony count of murder and two misdemeanor charges of possessing a gun without a license, but Finney is pleading not guilty to murder charges, arguing he committed a lesser crime.
Defense attorney Michael Spencer opened with an account of Finney breaking into cars and running behind a storage building with Sarnecki, but claims Finney did not commit murder.
The prosecution plans to show video of police interviews with Finney from early on in the investigation. During those interviews with Bloomington Police Detective Robert Sharke, Finney told police Sarnecki "shouldn't have gotten into somebody else's business."
According to police Finney also confessed to the shooting.
The jury will also hear this week from police officers who investigated the crime and the doctor who performed Sarnecki's autopsy.
Throughout the trial, Circuit Judge Marc Kellams asked the jury to keep an open mind, reminding them that the strict and heavy burden lies with the prosecution to prove Finney's guilt, not the defense to prove his innocence.
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