Man accused of shotgun murder to face trial

A MAN alleged to have shot dead a man with a pump action shotgun on a rural property west of Ipswich in 2010 has been committed to stand trial for murder.

Jamie Rex Teichmann, 39, appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court amid a heavy police presence yesterday for his committal hearing for the murder of Carl Robert Upson.

Mr Upson was found dead in a Mt Mulgowie Rd home, near Esk, on December 15, 2010.

The court heard details of the horrific injuries Mr Upson sustained amid a mix of heavy drinking and drug use in the hours leading to his death.

Expert testimony from Dr Alex Olumbe outlined the fatal injuries Mr Upson is alleged to have suffered at the hands of Teichmann.

The autopsy revealed the shotgun blast left 17 lead pellets in Mr Upson cranium, fired at a distance between 10cm and 120cm from the victim.

The gunshot blast left Mr Upson with injuries to the right side of his face, neck and chest.

Dr Olumbe said toxicology reports revealed Mr Upson had consumed alcohol, cannabis and Prozac in the time leading up to his death.

Dr Olumbe said Mr Upson's blood-alcohol content was at .181%, and tests revealed he had consumed cannabis within hours before he was shot dead.

The court heard the police investigation found very little shot gun residue on Teichmann's hands.

Teichmann's solicitor questioned another witness, forensic scientist Gary Assmussen, if this was an unusual find.

But Mr Assmussen explained because Teichmann was tested hours after the alleged shot was fired, the likelihood of residue remaining on his hands diminished.

A third witness, Kim Annette Edwards, told the court she heard four gunshots on December 14 and a single gun shot the following afternoon.

She was asked to describe the distance between each shot.

"I can't be accurate, but it was like bang, bang, bang, bang," she said.

In the lead-up to the hearing police officers wearing vests stood watch at the courthouse.

Officers escorted witnesses and police prosecutors around the court house, and stood outside the court as the hearing proceeded.

Magistrate Michael Quinn committed Teichmann to stand trial at the Brisbane Supreme Court on a date to be confirmed.

"I'm of the opinion that the evidence before the court is sufficient for you to go on trial," he said.

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