The Journal Gazette
Thursday, September 06, 2018 1:00 am

Witnesses say suspect smoked pot, shot them

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

The two surviving victims had the same story – about 9:10 p.m. Aug. 30, Travon Rynell Fincher was inside their home in the 800 block of Madison Street, smoking weed with three people.

When Fincher, 21, came out of the bathroom, he came out shooting, according to court documents.

Ricky Pelmear, 40, was shot in the chest and abdomen and died at the scene.

Rachel Burtz, 33, lay on the couch after she was shot in the abdomen, acting as though she were dead in hopes Fincher wouldn't shoot her again, court documents said.

She was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

Jason Sandy, 41, told his story at the hospital, nodding his head and writing notes because of his injuries. “Tray” had come out of the bathroom shooting, then robbed him of $1,000 in cash and took his drugs, court records said.

Fincher had lived next to him and Sandy said he knew him well. They'd hung out together all the time. Sandy, 41, was shot in the shoulder and face and was deemed critical when he was taken to the hospital, court records said.

Neighbors told police Fincher had also lived with them and had been asked to leave, but did not give a reason why, court documents said. The last time they saw Fincher was about 5:30 p.m. the day of the shootings as he walked in the backyard, court records said.

Every witness was able to pick Fincher out of an array of photos. Fincher's mother recognized her son after she saw his photo on television. She took him to the police station about 6 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Fincher gave his true name, but he wouldn't talk in the second-floor interview room, police said.

He is charged with murder and two counts of aggravated battery. He was being held without bond at the Allen County Jail.

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