PETER John Kearnes was yesterday found guilty by a Supreme Court jury in Albury of murdering Wagga man Semin “Sam” Rizvic in 2011.
Kearnes, 52, formerly of Tumut, had pleaded not guilty to the offence and the jury retired early on Wednesday morning to consider its verdict.
The jury of seven men and five women reached a verdict and filed back in court at 12.15pm yesterday.
After the foreman announced a guilty verdict, Kearnes shook his head in disagreement as the jury members were leaving court.
Crown prosecutor Wayne Creasey provided Justice Richard Button with Kearnes’ previous criminal history in NSW and Queensland.
Mr Creasey said Kearnes has been in custody since his arrest on October 3, 2011.
He said there was no further documentation to be tendered at this stage.
“There may be a victim impact statement. I need to confirm that,” Mr Creasey said.
He suggested that submissions and sentencing could be finalised in Wagga.
But defence barrister Peter Williams said it was appropriate to conclude the matter in Albury.
Justice Button adjourned the case until November 7 in Albury for submissions by Mr Creasey and Mr Williams.
Sentencing will be done the following day.
The trial of another man, 29, charged over his involvement in the murder is due to start in the Supreme Court at Albury on October 21.
Mr Rizvic was shot four times with a .22 rifle and had his left ear severed at his unit in Edward Street in the early hours of July 21.
He was shot in his lounge room.