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Man found guilty of attempted murder for shooting a dead man

By Mason White 10:32 AM October 30, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
A man was arrested on a charge of murder after shooting his friend during an argument that escalated into violence, police in Australia said.

Now, Daniel Darrington of Melbourne, has been found guilty by a jury of attempted murder in connection with the death of 31-year-old Rocky Matskassy.

According to the police investigation, Darrington was having an argument with Matskassy. At some point, the argument turned violent and a gun went off, hitting Matskassy in the head.

Thinking that the first shot killed Matskassy, Darrington shot him again to make sure he is dead.

Darrington told police that he thought Matskanny is still alive after the first shot, and he fired the second shot because the deceased was suffering.

Plastic wrap was found inside Darrington’s car, but he denied planning the murder, claiming he just wanted to take Matskassy to a hospital, but did not want his car to get covered in blood.

Darrington’s defense attorney argued that it cannot be proven that Matskassy was still alive when his client fired the second shot.

Therefore, the jury found Darrington not guilty of murder and manslaughter.

They did however, find Darrington guilty of attempted murder as he admitted to trying to kill Matskassy to relieve his suffering.

Darrington could not be found guilty of murder for firing the second shot because the victim was already dead.