A court has heard two men thought they had carried out a contact killing for $50,000 but discovered on the news that they had failed to kill the intended victim.
The reward money allegedly was offered by two drug dealers.
Brett Matthew Murch and Russell James Logan are on trial in the South Australian Supreme Court for the attempted murder of Mount Barker man Leonard Gjeka, in March 2010.
Prosecutor Carmen Matteo told the jury Murch dressed as a Telstra worker and fired three shots at Mr Gjeka when he answered his front door.
The victim received a bullet wound to his groin and lost the tip of a finger.
The court was told Logan drove the getaway car and both men bragged about killing Mr Gjeka before learning on the news they had 'botched' the plan.
Another man, Leslie Richards, who was at one stage part of the alleged plan to kill Mr Gjeka and has been jailed for conspiracy to murder, now will testify against the other pair.