Man charged in Pizza X shooting claims insanity

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A man charged in the deadly shooting of a Bloomington pizza delivery driver claims he was insane when he ambushed the man and killed him.

However, James David Finney doesn’t plan to cooperate with experts assigned to evaluate his mental state on the advice of his lawyer. The judge said Finney’s non-compliance means his attorney’s own mental expert won’t be able to testify as a witness in Finney’s upcoming trial.

The judge in the case called the move “obstructive,” saying Finney’s intent to use an insanity defense means he must go to appointments with mental health experts.

Finney is charged with murder and being a felon in possession of a handgun in connection with the November 4, 2011, shooting that killed 22-year-old Adam Sarnecki. It happened outside Pizza X-South located in the 2400 block of South Walnut Street in Bloomington.

According to investigators, Sarnecki confronted Finney in the parking lot because he saw the other man breaking into employees’ cars. Sarnecki tried to get away when Finney pulled a gun, police said.

Sarnecki was hit in the back. He gave police a description of the suspect before he was taken to the hospital. He died after surgery.

Investigators said Finney was also involved in two other violent crimes around that time, including a robbery of a convenience store and a shooting in which a woman was hit in the leg.