A MAN who killed a woman in his California Gully home has been found guilty of murder.
A jury handed down the verdict in the Supreme Court in Melbourne just before 1pm on Thursday.
THE jury in the trial of a man charged with murdering a woman in California Gully has retired to decide on a verdict.
Adam Margolis, 40, appeared in the Supreme Court on Wednesday for the conclusion of the trial, which started last month.
Mr Margolis has pleaded not guilty to murdering 26-year-old Mai-Yia Vang in his Butler Street home sometime on February 24 or February 25, 2018.
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Prosecutors told the court after a "heated argument" between the couple, Mr Margolis choked or strangled Ms Vang until she died.
Mr Margolis then made plans to kill himself, the jury was told. He allegedly wrote and sent a 12-page email explaining why he killed Ms Vang.
Crown prosecutor Mark Rochford QC told the jury that email confirmed Mr Margolis consciously, deliberately, and voluntarily killed Ms Vang.
But defence counsel Bruce Walmsley QC said jurors needed to put the email in the context of the situation.
Mr Walmsley said it was an "extraordinarily difficult time" for Mr Margolis and he wrote the email believing he would later kill himself.
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