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Three to consider pleas in home invasion homicide

CAMP VERDE -- Karrie Ann Funkhouser, Hope Olszewski, and Jermaine Shields are suspects charged in the death of a 27-year-old man during a home invasion robbery on South 2nd Street in Cottonwood eight months ago. All three will consider a possible change of plea in Yavapai Superior Court in Camp Verde during September. Calvin Clark, a fourth suspect, has not yet considered a plea.

The four suspects were charged with felony first-degree murder in the death of Gus Terrell Finklea of Goodyear.

On the night of Dec. 4, 2015, Cottonwood police were dispatched to a reported home invasion robbery. Three Phoenix-area men, including Finklea, were said to have attacked two Cottonwood men at a South 2nd Street home. The incident occurred about 9 p.m. while the local men were working on a vehicle in the yard. They saw three men rushing toward them. The invaders pushed into the house and a fight ensued.

One of the suspects, Finklea, was shot with a handgun by one of the two victims, according to a police report. Two shots were fired during the struggle in the house, said Cottonwood Police Commander Gary Eisenga.

Eisenga said the home invasion and gunfire reportedly involved a "property dispute." The two remaining men tried to flee the shooting in a red SUV, driven by a woman, who is said to have attempted to run over the Cottonwood men.

In addition to the deceased Finklea, the other suspects charged in the incident are 28-year-old Clark, of Goodyear, and 21-year-old Jermaine Shields, of Buckeye, both charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. The two women also in the SUV include 20-year-old Olszewski, of Buckeye, and 22-year-old Funkhouser, of Phoenix, were also charged with first degree murder, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.

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