WAGGA man Semin “Sam” Rizvic was shot four times with a .22 calibre firearm, a jury in the trial of a man accused of Mr Rizvic’s murder has been told.
Peter John Kearnes, 52, is standing trial in the Supreme Court in Albury, accused of murdering Mr Rizvic, 47, on July 21, 2011.
Kearnes was arraigned early yesterday and formally pleaded not guilty to murder.
A jury of seven men and five women was empanelled.
Crown prosecutor Wayne Creasey told the jury that in very broad terms, it was alleged that Kearnes and another man were responsible for the shooting death of Mr Rizvic.
Mr Creasey said the men drove from Tumut to Wagga to commit the murder while a woman monitored police communications on a scanner.
He said the woman later picked the men up between Wagga and Tumut and drove them back to the mountain town.
No other details about the case were given to the jury on the first day.
The trial is being held before Justice Richard Button and is expected to last about three weeks.
Some 50 police and civilian witnesses are listed to give evidence.
The Crown is expected to open its case this morning.
The first of the witnesses will then give their evidence.
Mr Rizvic was found dead in his home unit in Wagga’s Edward Street in the early hours of the morning.