A Finley man pleaded innocent Tuesday to allegations he helped his wanted brother hide from Pasco police during a late 2014 crime spree.
Michael D. Anderson III has a Jan. 31 trial date in Franklin County Superior Court.
The first-degree rendering criminal assistance charge was filed in October, just shy of when the statute of limitations would have run out on the alleged crime.
Prosecutors said they waited until the cases against the three primary suspects were resolved since Anderson was a witness in them. He did testify in his brother’s trial in July 2016.
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DeShawn I. Anderson was wanted for almost a month. During that time, he helped fire 21 shots into a car full of four men and later killed a Pasco man in retaliation for the shooting death of his friend.
The younger brother now is locked up on a nearly 94-year sentence for his convictions.
Michael Anderson, 23, appeared in court Tuesday after being sent a summons. He remains free on his personal recognizance.