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Matt McKay died after being hit in the head with a pickaxe during a party in a garage on Sept. 29, 2007. ((CBC))

A Calgary man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of a teenager at a party.

A jury convicted Marko Miljevic on Tuesday following the death last year of 17-year-old Matt McKay, according to media reports. After the verdict, the parents of the convicted man embraced the dead teenager's father.

McKay died after being hit in the head with a pickaxe during a party in a garage in the Queensland area on Sept. 29, 2007.

Miljevic was 19 at the time of McKay's death.

During the trial, the jury heard the dispute that lead to McKay's death was over a minor incident.

Stuart Iverson, a friend of the teenage victim, testified that he was fooling around on a scooter when he bumped into one of Miljevic's friends. Iverson said he apologized, but the man kept yelling at him.

McKay came over to ask what was going on, but wasn't being aggressive, recalled Iverson. He said McKay turned white and his eyes rolled back in his head after the fatal blow.

While Miljevic's lawyer argued the death was accidental, the jury convicted Miljevic of second-degree murder, which carries an automatic life sentence with no eligibility for parole for a minimum of 10 years.