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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Lundin pleads not guilty

  • A Rolla man accused of killing another man in early March 2014 and then allegedly leading law enforcement on a three-hour manhunt pleaded not guilty during an arraignment hearing last month.
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  • A Rolla man accused of killing another man in early March 2014 and then allegedly leading law enforcement on a three-hour manhunt pleaded not guilty during an arraignment hearing last month.
    According to Missouri Case.net, the state’s online court records system, David Earl Lundin, 60, entered a plea of not guilty on May 21 to the charge of first-degree murder, a Class A felony.
    Lundin is accused in the shooting death of Richard R. Finnell, 57, on March 6. Law enforcement found Finnell’s body at a residence in the 13000 block of Private Drive 7136, about one mile south of the Rolla city limits.
    According to the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, Finnell had apparently suffered a single gunshot wound to his chest.
    According to court records, an eyewitness witness told law enforcement officers that Lundin had entered the residence and waited for Finnell and the eyewitness to return. When the two returned, there was a confrontation with Lundin, who then allegedly shot Finnell, court documents state.
    That’s when Lundin left the home, carrying the shotgun allegedly used during the incident, according to court documents.
    Several law enforcement agencies then began a large-scale manhunt for Lundin and found him about three hours later in the Winchester Drive area, where he was taken into custody without incident.
    In addition to the murder charge, Lundin also faces four other charges — armed criminal action, an unclassified felony; first-degree burglary, a Class B felony; unlawful possession of a firearm and theft/stealing, both Class C felonies.
    According to court records, Lundin has an “extensive criminal history, consisting of burglary, stealing, armed robbery and forcible rape.” He is on Missouri’s registered sex offender list, and in 1988, he was convicted of first-degree robbery and sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections.

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