The Hastings family of widow Kylee Guy are steeling themselves ahead of the trial of the man accused of murdering her husband Scott Guy.
Mr Guy's brother-in-law, Ewen Kerry Macdonald, 32, was charged with murder after an intensive nine-month police investigation.
He will defend the charge in a trial beginning on Tuesday.
Mr Guy, 31, was gunned down in the driveway of his rural Feilding home in the early hours of July 8, 2010, as he set out to do the milking.
Justice Simon France last year ruled to shift the trial from Palmerston North to the High Court in Wellington due to concerns about possible jury impartiality in the Manawatu.
Since her husband's death, Kylee Guy and sons Hunter and Drover have moved to Hawke's Bay.
Kylee's Hastings-based father, Glenn Bullock, said in earlier reports his daughter planned to attend court at least some of the time.
Macdonald, who is married to one of Mr Guy's sisters, Anna, has been in custody since his arrest.
The trial is expected to take up to six weeks.By Mark Story of Hawke's Bay Today