Surrey man convicted of manslaughter

NEW WESTMINSTER — Surrey man Russell Atma Bidesi, 23, has been found guilty of manslaughter in the 2012 shooting death of Kacey Rogers, 31, in Whalley.

Justice Bruce found Bidesi guilty of the lesser charge on Tuesday following his murder trial in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.

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, said at the time.

Bidesi will be back in court on May 28 to fix a date for sentencing.

Some of Rogers’ family and friends have attended court wearing 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 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 was sentenced to seven years in prison in February.

Fabien Luther Marcus Lyde, 19, was in 2013 sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter with a firearm.

Tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

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