|An electrical engineer charged with a 1982 murder was declared indigent Monday after telling a judge “I don’t have any money.”
Mac Ray McFarlane, 50, also known as Randy Ray McFarlin, was charged April 30 with the fatal shooting of former co-worker Errastus Gene Stump, 32, of La Vergne, said sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Goodwin. Stump disappeared in March 1982, and fishermen found his body April 28, 1982 near Percy Priest Reservoir.
Goodwin and Lt. Bill Sharp of the Cold Case Unit charged McFarlin after finding and interviewing witnesses.
McFarlane, who is being held on a $250,000 bond, testified he earned $140,000 in 2007. He and his best friend shared a joint checking account with $14,000. She used the funds to pay bills.
He does not have any income since he’s been in jail since April 30.
Assistant District Attorney Paul Newman asked McFarlane who paid for his attorney.
McFarlane replied he didn’t know but believed his family did because they believe he’s innocent.
“I don’t have a penny of real estate and I don’t have any money,” McFarlane said.
Circuit Court Judge Don Ash found McFarlane indigent but allowed retained attorney Luke Evans to still represent him. Trial was set for May.