Second-degree murder conviction in 2011 Christmas Eve homicide

Police said Friday that they had secured a conviction in the 2011 shooting death of a 27-year-old killed on Christmas Eve in Surrey.

Russell Atma Bidesi, 26, was found guilty of second-degree murder on Friday, after a trial that began in B.C. Supreme Court in September, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said in a news release.

Bradley McPherson, was shot and killed on Dec. 24, 2011 while at a late-night house party.

“This is a very positive outcome for IHIT,” said Cpl. Frank Jang. “The dedication and determination shown by our investigators and partners to bring justice in Mr. McPherson’s case was paramount.”

Bidesi’s record includes a conviction for attempting to unlawfully commit bodily harm after shooting another man in the face in Richmond in 2011 and a 2017 manslaughter conviction for the February 2012 shooting death of 31-year-old Kacey Rogers, for which Bidesi is serving a 14-year-sentence.

Sentencing for this most recent conviction will be scheduled for a later date.


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