Prosecutors: James Finney killed brother David Finney in fight over money at Morgan Park home

James Finney / Photo from Chicago Police

James Finney / Photo from Chicago Police

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A Morgan Park man shot his brother to death during an argument over money at their Far South Side home late Friday, prosecutors said.

David Finney, 39, returned to his home in the 11300 block of South Green Street about 10 p.m. Friday with his girlfriend and friend, said Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn.

Once inside, David Finney and his brother, 42-year-old James Finney, got into an argument over money and bills, Quinn said.

David Finney’s girlfriend went to his bedroom when the brothers began to fight, then heard a single gunshot and James Finney say, “I just popped your ass,” prosecutors said.

The friend, who had been waiting outside for a pizza, walked into the home and saw James Finney standing over his brother, Quinn said.

David Finney had been shot in the chest and died at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

After the shooting, James Finney left the home but police found him about 15 minutes later, according to Quinn, who said James Finney later told police he killed his brother.

James Finney, 42, was charged with first-degree murder and Judge Donald Panarese ordered him held on $1 bond during a Monday court hearing.

He was charged in 2013 with beating his brother, but David Finney did not show up to court and the case didn’t proceed further, Quinn said. He was also sentenced to 30 days in jail for a 2014 misdemeanor battery conviction.

James Finney, who shook his head as prosecutors detailed the killing, is a graduate of Morgan Park High School who currently works at a warehouse, according to a public defender.

He will be back in court May 1.

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