UKIAH — A Mendocino County jury on Monday found Billy Norbury guilty of first-degree murder and of using a firearm to kill Jamal Andrews in January.
But the case is not over. A trial begins Tuesday to determine whether Norbury was insane at the time he drove an all-terrain-vehicle to Andrews' Redwood Valley home and shot him twice with a high-powered hunting rifle. Andrews was a reggae musician.
Norbury's family members wept as the guilty verdict was read. They declined to comment.
Andrews' mother, Lucy Andrews, sighed with relief.
"I'm relieved at the verdict and thankful," she said. But she also expressed sympathy for Norbury's family.
"This is just such a huge tragedy for all of our families," she said.
Norbury, 34, stood calmly in a wide stance, his hands shoved deep into his pockets as the verdict was delivered.
Neither the prosecutor, District Attorney David Eyster, nor defense attorney, Al Kubanis, were surprised by the verdict.
"The evidence supported the verdict," Eyster said.
"We felt from the start the issue in this case really has to do with Billy Norbury's insanity," not whether he killed Andrews, Kubanis said.