Nikolaevsk teen convicted of murdering brother

Posted: Sunday, April 20, 2003

UNALASKA (AP) -- A jury here has convicted a Nikolaevsk teenager of murdering his brother.

The verdict against 17-year-old Grigori Zuboff came Friday morning, the fourth day of deliberations.

The jury found Zuboff guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and tampering with evidence.

The victim was his brother, Elisei, who was 20 when he was shot to death Sept. 1, 2001, in a fishing boat anchored off Unalaska.

Zuboff's lawyer, David Weber, told the jury that the rifle went off accidentally, that his client was extremely drunk when the incident occurred, and that Zuboff only wanted to scare his brother.

The lawyer also told the jury that if they didn't believe it was an accident, Zuboff was justified in shooting his brother in self-defense.

Elisei had beaten Grigori earlier that day, continuing a long pattern of abuse, the lawyer said.

But prosecutor Jay Fayette said Zuboff had shot his brother in ambush from his bunk. He then tried to make it look like suicide by putting the rifle next to his brother's body with Elisei's finger on the trigger.

Zuboff is expected to be sentenced sometime in September.

Nikolaevsk is an Old Believer Russian village north of Homer.

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