Van Batenburg, who lived in Palmdale, had been harassing Snellings for months, police said. In June 2005, he presented a peace offering of flowers to her, but shot her when she refused them. He was found with a note for the couple’s then-19 year-old daughter, Victoria, and a will. Van Batenburg, who shot Snellings three times then survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound but lost an eye, wore sunglasses during Wednesday’s court session. Their daughter, who witnessed the shooting and testified against him, said she was relieved that jurors returned a guilty verdict. “(The daughter) lived with her mother, she worked with her mother,” Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Lou Holtz said after the hearing. “They were literally best friends.” Van Batenburg’s attorney declined to comment. During the week-long trial, the defense argued Van Batenburg was not in control of his actions because he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.26 at the time of the shooting, and Snellings had said something to upset him, Holtz said. But prosecutors believe Van Batenburg planned the killing in advance. The day of the shooting, he parked his car outside Snellings’ apartment, blocking her car. He then waited there for hours before confronting her, Holtz said. [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FERNANDO – A man who shot and killed his estranged girlfriend in what appeared to be a botched murder-suicide was found guilty Wednesday in her 2005 slaying. After deliberating for just a couple of hours, a San Fernando Superior Court jury found William Van Batenburg guilty of first-degree murder with special circumstances of lying in wait. Van Batenburg, 58, faces life in prison without parole. Sentencing is set for Aug. 7. Van Batenburg shot Beverly Snellings in the parking lot of her apartment in the 9900 block of De Soto Avenue in Chatsworth. He then shot himself in the head but survived.