The father of slain Feilding farmer Scott Guy choked back tears on Wednesday as he gave evidence about finding out his son had been killed.
Scott Guy's brother-in-law, Ewen Macdonald, is on trial in the Wellington High Court accused of the murder on 8 July 2010. The 32-year-old denies the charge.
Mr Guy's body was discovered by a passer-by in the driveway of his home in Aorangi Road. The 31-year old was shot twice.
The Crown says Ewen Macdonald was concerned about inequalities he perceived in the amount of work he and Scott Guy had to do around the farm and tension arising from that led to the killing.
However, the defence says while Mr Macdonald acknowledged that he had damaged property belonging to Scott and his wife Kylee, that did not make him a murderer.
On Wednesday, Bryan Guy told the court he received a phone call from Ewen Macdonald, who told him that something had happened to his son. He said the accused was almost incoherent and thought that there must have been an accident on the farm.
However, after finding no one at the milking shed and silage pit, Mr Guy headed towards his son's home and me Mr Macdonald nearby who told him Scott Guy had been killed.
Bryan Guy said at Scott's property a neighbour gave him a hug and told him not to go to the body. He choked back tears as he told the court that, at that stage, he just wanted to give his son a hug.
Mr Guy spoke of the disbelief that he and Scott Guy's widow, Kylee, felt after they had been told about the killing, saying they did not understand why somebody would do it.
Mr Guy said he later rang his wife and told her that their son had been killed, and worse than that, he had been murdered.
Witness thought shooting case of mistaken identity
A neighbour Scott Guy's told the court earlier on Wednesday he thought the killer may have mistaken the dead man for him.
David Berry discovered Mr Guy's body as he drove past on his way to work.
In cross-examination, he said he raised the issue of mistaken identity with police and they told him they had also considered that.
Mr Berry said Scott and Kylee Guy had been the previous tenants of the property he was living at and he remembered an occasion when an unsavoury looking man came around looking for Mr Guy.
He said the man stank of alcohol and cigarettes and looked a bit funny, so he did not give him any information.