Murder suspect's car found in Talladega County
by David Atchison
RIVERSIDE — A vehicle authorities believe was used in a murder here was recovered in Talladega County.

Riverside Police Chief Rick Oliver said Monday the Talladega County Sheriff’s Department located the vehicle belonging to a murder suspect, who allegedly killed his cousin by tying him to his vehicle and dragging him.

The green 1991 Cadillac Seville was recovered Saturday morning at the Clear Creek Marina in the Renfroe community.

The car belonged to Jeffery Wayne Finney Jr., 30, of Riverside, who is charged with the murder of his cousin, Rickey Shane Williams, 34, of Riverside.

Oliver said authorities were getting a search warrant Monday so Finney’s vehicle could be inspected and searched for evidence.

Finney made his initial court appearance Monday morning before St. Clair County District Court Judge Alan Furr, who advised the suspect of his rights and asked if he understood the charge against him.

“I’m thinking I do,” Finney said.

He said he was not certain if his family would obtain an attorney for him, and he wanted the court to appoint an attorney to represent him.

Furr appointed Pell City attorney Gibson Holladay to represent Finney.

Furr also ordered that Finney remain in the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department Jail without bond.

Deputy Coroner Jeremiah Gilreath said the official cause of death for Williams was still not determined as of Monday.

Gilreath pronounced Williams dead Thursday afternoon, outside the victim’s residence. The body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for an autopsy.

He said the victim was found by a relative.

Authorities captured Finney in Pell City Friday afternoon. Finney was apprehended in a wooded area adjacent to the Pell City Market Place, where Kmart is located.

Oliver, who also works as a narcotics investigator for the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, said the Sheriff’s Department assisted in the murder investigation.

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