NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Sailor was convicted of killing his best friend in Norfolk Circuit Court Thursday.
Austin Taylor Greening, 24, was convicted by a judge of one count of second degree murder and one count use of a firearm in commission of a felony, according to Amanda Howie with the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney.
The conviction is related to the shooting-death of 22-year-old Kristopher Klubert on Gifford Street in March 2013. After knowing each other for more than two years, Greening shot Klubert in his apartment.
During a preliminary hearing, prosecutors said Greening invited Klubert over and the two were playing the video game Madden and drinking beer. They were also loading and unloading guns. The case hinges on how one of those guns ended up going off and killing Klubert.
Greening said the death was an accident, that while holding a game controller in one hand and trying to disarm a gun in the other he accidentally shot his friend. Prosecutors said Greening shot Klubert in the face because of a gambling debt over the video game.
The key testimony in Greening’s preliminary hearing was from an inmate who said he talked to Greening in a holding cell. The inmate testified that Greening told him he got into an argument with Klubert, blacked out, and when he awoke Klubert was dead.
Greening has been out of jail on bond since the shooting in March. On Thursday after the conviction, he was taken into custody. He will be sentenced on June 6, 2014.