A St. Clair County judge denied bond for an Odenville man charged with murder Monday.
St. Clair County Assistant District Attorney Carol Boone said St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Phil Seay issued an order denying a bond request from Jeffery “Wayne” Finney Jr., 31, who is charged with the September 2012 murder of his cousin, Rickey “Shane” Williams, 34, of Riverside.
A tentative murder trial date is set for Nov. 4.
Finney was originally arrested in September after allegedly killing and dragging his cousin’s body with a car in Riverside. A preliminary autopsy report indicated Williams died from asphyxiation due to ligature strangulation and blunt force injuries.
Defense attorneys alleged Finney killed Williams in self-defense. According to testimony at the October preliminary hearing, both men have or had mental issues.
St. Clair County District Court Judge Alan Furr originally set Finney’s bond at $500,000, but reduced the amount to $250,000 at the request of defense attorneys.
Finney was released on bond and subsequently arrested a few weeks later after allegedly attempting to steal a cell phone from Fred’s Department Store in Ashville.
Furr revoked Finney’s bond in November after testimony regarding the alleged theft.
The theft of property third degree charge, a misdemeanor, was dismissed on conditions Finney not be arrested for 90 days (he remained in jail during that time), pay court costs and pay restitution.
Finney again requested bond, however the state argued at a bond hearing last week that the theft of property case was dismissed not because Finney was innocent of the crime, but because he complied with an agreement.
Finney remains in the St. Clair County Jail in Pell City.
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