Klubert Killing Case Goes to Grand Jury

A Norfolk, Va., grand jury will be asked to decide whether a sailor from Wisconsin should be tried for the March 9 shooting death of his shipmate, Yorkville native Kristopher Klubert.

Police allege Klubert, 25, was shot in the face by his shipmate, Austin T. Greening, 22.

Greening remains free on $25,000 bond on charges of second-degree murder and using a firearm in commission of a murder after a Commonweatlh District Court in Norfolk found probable cause to send the case to the grand jury.

The two men, said to be friends, served with the U.S. Navy on the USS Carter Hall. They were due to ship out on a new deployment the morning after Klubert’s death. Greening had been a guest at the Klubert family home in Yorkville, authorities said.

Witnesses say the two had been playing video games and handling several guns known to have been in the residence at the time of the shooting. 911 callers put the time of the shooting around 7 p.m.

Police detectives and a cooperating witness who testified Wednesday suggested the two men began arguing, “possibly over money,” and the situation escalated, culminating in Klubert’s shooting death, said Amanda Howie, director of communications for the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Greening was represented by Norfolk-based attorney James Broccoletti, who contends the two men were very close and described Klubert’s death as a tragic accident.

Howie said the grand jury is expected to convene next Wednesday.