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Jury selection begins for Sanchez murder trial

Antonio Sanchez Antonio Sanchez
Maddie FInch Maddie FInch
Outside the Hancock Co. courthouse Monday morning. Outside the Hancock Co. courthouse Monday morning.

Jury selection began Monday for the Antonio Sanchez murder trial.

Sanchez is charged with three counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Battery with a Weapon in the shooting death of Maddie Finch.

Both the state and defense asked potential jurors questions about topics involved in this case like alcohol, firearms and marijuana and if they knew any of the witnesses on the stand.

Eight jurors, five women and three men were selected Monday.

While defense attorney Drew Schnack thought this would be a long process he said he's happy with how fast things are moving.

Prosecutors declined to speak on the case.

Jury selection continues Tuesday at 9 a.m. and they need 8 more jurors. The court is trying to get to 16, with 12 jurors and 4 alternates.

The judge told the panel that he hopes to have opening statements begin by Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Sanchez, who was 17 at the time allegedly shot Maddie Finch, 19 at her home in La Harpe, Illinois, on New Years Day. 

During a previous court appearance, the prosecution stated the incident happened at a party. They stated the suspect brought a 22-caliber gun to the party and shot Finch once in the back of the head.

This incident has struck the town of La Harpe and the surrounding communities hard.

A friend of Finch's, Tiffany Bangel, previously told WGEM News that "She (Finch) had a wild kind of spirit, she was outgoing but she was loving, caring, nurturing and cared for people so much."

Bangel said the Finch family means a lot to La Harpe and at Illini West, where Maddie went to school and her parents teach. 

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