CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Antonio Sanchez, 17, who was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery in the shooting death of 19-year-old Madison Finch, a freshman at Illinois State University, has waived his right to a jury trial and will enter a negotiated guilty plea on Wednesday.
Details of the plea were not released. Drew Schnack, Sanchez's attorney, said he could not comment on the plea.
The trial was expected to begin Wednesday and last for two weeks. Eight jurors had been selected on Monday, with the rest to be selected on Tuesday. The state's witness list has 41 potential witnesses, including multiple personnel with the Illinois State Police, the Hancock County Sheriff's Department and the state police's Morton Forensic Science Laboratory.
Sanchez is accused of shooting Finch with a .22-caliber gun during a New Year's Eve party at Finch's home at 106 Conch Drive in LaHarpe.
Sanchez continues to be held without bond in the Hancock County Jail, segregated from adults.