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Finch sentencing date set

In a hearing Tuesday, Mohave County Superior Court Judge Robert R.

Moon set Jan.

23 as the date convicted murderer Richard James Finch may possibly be sentenced.

Finch, 27, of Lake Havasu City could face the maximum penalty of death for his part in the murder of a elderly couple in Kingman last year.

During Tuesday's hearing, his attorneys, Lee Novak and Rick Williams, asked for a mental health evaluation of Finch to give Moon more complete imformation regarding Finch's mental capacity, he said.

A previous motion for a mental evaluation of Finch prior to the trial was rejected by Moon.

At Finch's murder trial, an intelligence test determined his IQ to be 78, Williams said.

"The reason we filed in this case is since it's a life and death decision." Williams said.

"The judge is entitled to know everything about this guy."

Results of Finch's evaluation should be presented by January.

Moon could sentence Finch by the end of the day and a half hearing if he has enough evidence.

Last month, a jury found Finch guilty of first degree murder as well as first degree burglary for his part in the deaths of Lillian Boucher, 73, and her husband Joseph Boucher, 79, in their Kingman home Feb.

24, 1999.

Finch's accomplice, Charles Ellison, 34, from Lake Havasu City is also charged with first degree murder and first degree burglary in the Boucher's murders.

In a separate hearing scheduled Wednesday, Moon is expected to set the date for the beginning of Ellison's murder trial.

During Finch's trial last month, his defense attorney's attempted to claim that it was Ellison who masterminded the burglary and directed Finch to kill Mrs.

Boucher by pointing a gun at him.

Ellison also allegedly worked on a construction project at the Bouchers' home prior to the murders.

Finch and Ellison met in a bar in Lake Havasu City on Feb.

24 last year.

Ellison allegedly asked Finch to back him up for an out-of-town job.

Finch agreed and accompanied him to Kingman where they stopped at another bar, then proceeded to a Kingman neighborhood, court reports said.

They allegedly entered Boucher's home, tied up the couple, and stole some jewelry, a gun and some cash before allegedly suffocating the couple to death.

Sheriff's deputies discovered Boucher's bodies two days later after Boucher's daughter called her parents' home and got no response.

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