Jurors are expected Wednesday to begin deliberating the fate of Steven Pirko.
Pirko, 26, is charged with second-degree murder in the 2014 killing of Chris Ausman during a street fight in Kelowna’s Rutland district.
Crown prosecutor David Grabavac says Pirko was an enthusiastic third-man-in combatant in a consensual fight between Ausman and Elrich Dyck.
Pirko admits hitting Ausman at least twice in the back of his head with a hammer.
But Pirko, who is represented by father-and-son legal team Alexander and Jordan Watt, says he did so only to protect Dyck, a friend of his.
Moments before and after the early-morning fight were captured on a video surveillance camera mounted outside the Olympia Greek Taverna restaurant.
But the approximately 45 seconds of the fight’s duration happened just out of camera range.
Pirko was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in November 2016.
After several delays, the trial began May 1.