A man was found guilty today of a second time car dealership offer to murder.
Don Templeton was involved in the shooting of James McGurk, at a poultry farm, which left him unconscious and covered in blood on the kitchen floor.
The 45-year-old man was shot from behind in the attack on October 31, 2017 and staggered to a nearby farm for help.
Templeton was initially convicted of attempted murder in April 2019 and jailed for eight years.
However, eight months later, the verdict was overturned by appeals court judges following a âcourt caseâ and he was released from prison.
But today the 40-year-old is back behind bars after a Glasgow High Court jury found him guilty for the second time of being involved in the attack on Crosslee Poultry Farm in Bridge of Weir and he was remanded in custody pending sentence.
Templeton was the escape driver while convicted murderer John Docherty, 49, fired the gun.
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Mr McGurk told the 2019 case that he was working on a car that day and did not know who shot him.
He said at the time: “I don’t remember much. Everything is blurry to me. I was hit from behind.
“I heard a bang and was propelled forward.”
CCTV footage showed the injured victim – punched in the right buttock with shotgun pellets – staggering towards a nearby farm for help.
Asked about Templeton at the retrial, he said: “We have always been friends.”
Jurors heard the couple tried to contact each other 10 times the day before the murder offer
Miss Harper asked the victim, “What were the frantic calls about?”
Mr. McGurk replied, “About a car or something.”
Miss Harper: âWas there an argument with Don?
Mr McGurk replied, “No, we hit it off. I wouldn’t say we were at each other’s throats. We were just friends.”
He denied that he was involved in anything that led to him being shot.
Templeton and Docherty were caught on CCTV at a gas station just minutes before their signature Mercedes estate was again timed while driving around the farmhouse and then accelerating.
Templeton shook his head as the verdict was delivered.
Judge Alistair Watson told him, âIt is inevitable that you will once again incur a significant sentence. “
The case was adjourned for reporting.
Docherty – who murdered a pensioner in 1995 and was on leave at the time – was jailed for 12 years in 2019 for his role in the attack.