Ronald Wasser guilty of trying to kill his estranged wife
Jury comes back with verdict after three days of deliberation
After three days of deliberation, a Moncton jury has found Ronald Wasser of Riverview guilty of trying to kill his estranged wife.
The victim, Norma Wasser, wept as the verdict was announced around 8:45 p.m. Friday. Ronald Wasser showed no emotion when the jury found him guilty of all six charges related to the shooting, including attempted murder.
He will be sentenced on May 28.
Wasser, 48, shot his wife with a 12-gauge shotgun last May while she slept.
The couple was going through a divorce at the time and Ronald Wasser had been ordered by the court to be out of the family home on Kerry Court by noon on the day of the shooting, the court heard.
At one point Friday evening, the jury came back to the courtroom and asked Justice Jean-Paul Ouellette whether they could convict on circumstantial evidence alone. The judge told them circumstantial and direct evidence was equal in law.
The jury deliberated again and came back with a guilty verdict.
The jury spent most of Friday morning listening to Norma Wasser's estimated two hours of testimony again.
They had requested to hear the testimony again on Thursday night, shortly before being sequestered at a hotel for a second night.
The trial began on March 7.
The jury also convicted Ronald Wasser of discharging a firearm with the intent to wound or endanger Norma Wasser's life, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.