Finney back in jail
by DAVID ATCHISON
PELL CITY — A man accused of killing and dragging his cousin’s body with a car is back in jail.

St. Clair County Assistant District Attorney Carol Boone said Jeffery “Wayne” Finney Jr., 30, of Odenville is back in jail after he allegedly violated the condition of his bond.

Finney is charged with the murder of his cousin, Rickey “Shane” Williams, 34, of Riverside.

Boone said Finney was arrested in an unrelated case and charged with third-degree theft, after he allegedly tried to steal a cell phone from Fred’s department store in Ashville.

She said St. Clair County District Court Judge Alan Furr revoked Finney’s bond.

Furr had reduced the suspect’s bond in the murder case about two weeks prior to his arrest.

Furr initially set a $500,000 bond with stipulations for Finney in the murder case, but reduced it to $250,000 after defense attorneys argued the bond was too high for their client.

Boone said Finney was in violation of his bond because of the new offenses.

She said Finney will remain in the custody of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department at least until a new hearing is set by the court.

Boone opposed the reduction of bond at the October hearing, because the state considered Finney a flight risk and a danger to society.

According to testimony at Finney’s preliminary hearing, Williams was killed at his grandparents’ residence, where he lived with his son, on the 2600 block of Sprayberry Road.

Authorities believe the alleged murder took place on the front porch of the residence.

Ronald Edward Stancil, the victim’s and suspect’s grandfather, found Williams unclothed lying in a field dead.

According to testimony, Finney fled the scene in his car after his grandfather found the body.

Finney was captured the following day in a wooded area adjacent to the Pell City Market Place shopping center. He was armed with a pistol, but was arrested without incident.

St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell said a preliminary autopsy report indicated Williams died from asphyxiation due to ligature strangulation and blunt force injuries.

Defense attorneys for Finney allege their client killed Williams in self defense.

Both men have or had mental issues, according to testimony at the October preliminary hearing.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.

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