NEW WESTMINSTER – Surrey man Russell Atma Bidesi, 23, is on trial for second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Kacey Rogers in Whalley.
The trial began earlier this month at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster and is being heard by Justice Bruce Butler without a jury.
It is expected to continue for a month. Rogers, 31, was shot dead at his duplex home in the 14000-block of Grosvenor Road on Feb. 26, 2012.
"This was a planned home invasion," Cpl. Adam MacIntosh, of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, alleged at the time.
Some of Rogers’ family and friends were in the public gallery Tuesday, white T-shirts bearing the message "We all love you" on the back.
Three men were charged in the case. Joshua Bruno Martinez, 21, pleaded guilty last month to manslaughter using a firearm and three counts of possessing a prohibited or restricted firearm, namely, a sawed-off shotgun, Beretta handgun, a sawed-off rifle and ammo.
Martinez also pleaded guilty to unauthorized possession of a Winchester Defender rifle. He’s scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 17.
Fabien Luther Marcus Lyde, 19, was sentenced to six years in prison last year after pleading guilty to manslaughter with a firearm.