Witness recounts moments after Raymond Terrace shooting

JOSHUA Maynard picked up a rock, but appeared to lose his strength and fell back after he was shot in a Raymond Terrace street, one of his friends told the Newcastle Supreme Court this morning.

Dillon Bell said Thomas Maynard grabbed Joshua Maynard, his brother, after Joshua was shot just before midnight on June 29, 2010, and put him in the back seat of a car.

Mr Bell said he then drove Mr Maynard to an ambulance station and that he then followed an ambulance carrying Mr Maynard to John Hunter Hospital.

A police car joined the convoy en route to the hospital and detained the boys for questioning.

Chad Shedden, 34, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Maynard, but guilty to manslaughter.

His barrister, Carolyn Davenport SC, previously told the jury that Mr Shedden admitted shooting Mr Maynard, but he did so in defence of his brother and himself.

The jury was previously told by a number of witnesses that Joshua Maynard was armed with a large knife or sword and was yelling threats before he was shot.

Mr Bell told the jury this morning that he did not see Mr Maynard with a knife or a sword.

Ms Davenport previously told the jury that Mr Shedden acknowledged that his response to Mr Maynard's actions were excessive.

The trial continues.

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