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Robert Balbar Found Guilty Of Killing Girlfriend With Hammer

12/12/2014 12:10 EST | Updated 02/11/2015 05:59 EST

KAMLOOPS — A Kamloops, B.C., man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend more than a decade ago.

Forty-two-year-old Robert Balbar beat Heather Hamill to death with a hammer during an altercation in his apartment in July 2003.

The body of the 31-year-old mother of three was found floating in the North Thompson River on Aug. 1 that year.

The jury returned with a verdict after 19 hours of deliberations.

During the trial, Balbar claimed he was acting in self-defence when Hamill threatened him and his son with a machete.

But during an RCMP undercover operation in 2007, he told a supposed crime boss that he beat Hamill to death because she was going to tell police he hit her. (Kamloops This Week)

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