|Updated: 9/19/2011 5:50 pm
||Published: 9/19/2011 11:27 am
The third suspect in the deadly Rib Crib shooting waives his right to a jury trial.
D’Andre Finnie is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Bud Stoddard in May of 2010.
Pat Fischer lives in the neighborhood behind the Rib Crib and was home the night Stoddard was shot to death. She says she hopes his family will get the much-needed closure they deserve, and that his death was a big wakeup call to everyone on the block.
"To have something like this happen in your neighborhood makes you feel very insecure about what could happen in the future and whether it could impact you personally,” says Fischer.
Fischer has eaten at the Midtown Rib Crib many times and remembers Bud’s smiling face.
"Because he worked in the back, I didn't see him as much but yes, I knew who he was,” Fischer says.
Across town, D’Andre Finnie is led into a courtroom handcuffed and shackled to face a judge.
Once inside, he waived his right to a jury trial that was scheduled to start Monday morning.
"The reason why we did not enter a plea today is because he testified in Mr. Peevy's trial, and there are some discussions that need to be had with the state,” says Finnie’s attorney, Brian Aspen.
Finnie is charged with first degree murder for the shooting death of Bud Stoddard during a robbery at the Rib Crib.
He along with Isaiah Peevy and Deonte Marshall were arrested and charged in Stoddard’s death.
Finnie’s lawyer says his client was upfront about what happened that night.
"He testified in Mr. Peevy's trial that he was present during the robbery and he was present when Mr. Stoddard was shot,” says Aspen.
D’Andre Finnie is scheduled to appear again in court on September 26th. He is expected to plead guilty at that time.
In August, a jury found Isaiah Peevy guilty of Bud Stoddard’s death, and recommended life in prison. He’s scheduled for sentencing next week.
Deonte Marshall entered a no contest plea to first degree murder last Thursday, and was sentenced to life plus 55 years on other counts.