THE man who shot Joshua Maynard at Raymond Terrace was defending himself and his brother, the accused's barrister told a Supreme Court jury this afternoon.
Chad Shedden pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter before the trial commenced in Newcastle Supreme Court today.
Mr Shedden is accused of shooting Mr Maynard before midnight on June 29, 2010.
His barrister, Carolyn Davenport SC, said Mr Shedden will give evidence that he fired the gun to defend himself and his brother, who he says were threatened by Mr Maynard, who was armed with a large knife.
Ms Davenport said that by pleading guilty to manslaughter, but not murder, Mr Shedden admitted that shooting Mr Maynard was an "excessive response".
The Crown did not accept Mr Shedden's plea to manslaughter.
The trial is expected to run for three weeks.