Scott Guy murder accused is his brother-in-law
The man accused of murdering Feilding farmer Scott Guy is his brother-in-law Ewen Kerry MacDonald.
Mr Guy was MacDonald's best man and MacDonald was a pallbearer at Mr Guy's funeral.
MacDonald's name can be revealed after he appeared briefly in the Palmerston North District Court this afternoon and did not receive name suppression.
MacDonald, 30, was arrested at a Feilding address yesterday and charged with Mr Guy's murder.
He did not enter a plea, but indicated that he denied the charges.
He faces additional charges, but Judge Nevin Dawson suppressed any details relating to them.
Scott's father Bryan Guy was in court this afternoon along with his daughter Anna MacDonald - wife to Ewen.
Scott Guy's widow Kylee and her father Glenn Bullock were also expected to attend.
Ewen MacDonald was a pallbearer at Scott Guy's funeral. Scott was also Ewen's best man when he married Anna.
He was business partners with Scott and Bryan on the Guy family farm, in Feilding, which he helped manage.
He took out second place in the Manawatu Rangitikei Horowhenua Farm Manager of the Year contest at the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards in 2010 and won $3700.
FAMILY REACT TO ARREST
Far from being elated about the arrest Scott's father, Bryan Guy, was upset when he spoke this morning.
He confirmed the family knew the man who had been arrested, and said they faced a ''very tough'' time ahead.
''We knew that [the police had] been questioning during the day. They confirmed that an arrest had been made about 7pm,'' he said.
''We've got very mixed emotions at the moment and so we are just trying to get it all through our heads,'' he said.
''It's just a bit of a shock at this stage.''
He told Radio New Zealand this morning: "When you think you know somebody and perhaps you didn't know them as well as you thought. But there's a long way to go. They have only been charged.
"The ripple that will go through the community and the families from this is huge."
He said information from the 21-year-old arrested in Otago helped lead to MacDonald's arrest.
His wife Joanne and daughter Nikki were in Sydney on a buying trip for their Palmerston North clothing store, but planned to fly home later this afternoon.
Detective Inspector Sue Schwalger said the investigation team was not looking for anyone else in connection with the murder, but refused to comment further.
Between 30 and 40 officers from around the country started working on the investigation in July last year, but that was reduced to 14 at the start of this year.
Kylee Guy moved back to Hawke's Bay with their sons Hunter, 2, and Drover, six months, after the shooting.
Her sister, Chanelle Bullock, said the family came together to be with Kylee and the boys after the arrest.
''The Bullock family is extremely close. We are all together and supporting each other. We've all had a cry.''
The family also wanted to thank the police for all their hard work on the investigation, Ms Bullock said.
''The police have been so personable, they've become our friends.''
Kylee's father, Glenn Bullock, said that he could not talk about the developments, but said: "We're pleased that progress has been made."
Kylee had made a number of pleas for information, including a heartfelt message last month.
''Life has not got any easier at all,'' she said in a statement.
''It still doesn't seem real. There are no words to explain the horrible life we are living in.''
The Dominion Post