Originally set for four weeks, the trial for the man charged with murdering Connor Morris is set to wrap up tomorrow.
The Crown closed its case on Tuesday after presenting evidence from 46 witnesses. The defence, led by Marie Dyhrberg QC, called just three witnesses including the accused.
Tomorrow both will give closing addresses to the jury of eight men and four women.
Justice Edwin Wylie will sum up the case for jurors on Friday and then send them to deliberate.
They have three options - to find Murray guilty of murdering Mr Morris, to find him guilty of manslaughter, or if they believe his actions were in defence of his brother as he has claimed, they can acquit him.
Mr Morris' parents Chris and Julie and sister Cymmion have been in court each day of the trial, which started on 3 August - the first anniversary of the 26-year-old's death.
His partner Millie Elder-Holmes gave evidence last week, but has not been present in court for the rest of the trial.
ACCUSED: "I THINK I'VE KILLED SOMEONE"
Shortly after Michael Murray hit Connor Morris with a sickle during a street fight, he said to his younger brother "I think I've killed someone".
Murray, 34, is on trial for murdering Mr Morris on 3 August last year during a brawl between two groups in West Auckland.
He has admitted hitting the 26-year-old with a sickle and causing his death, but claims he was defending his younger brother Stanley Murray. Mr Morris was assaulting him at the time, Murray said.
He has pleaded not guilty to murder.
Stanley Murray continued giving evidence in the High Court at Auckland this morning.
Yesterday he told the court that he was being assaulted and saw his brother come to help him, wielding a sickle. He then lied to police to protect his brother, scared of retribution from Mr Morris' family who have connections to the Head Hunters gang.
During cross examination Crown prosecutor David Johnstone challenged the truthfulness of Stanley Murray's evidence.
He put to Stanley Murray that his brother took aim at Mr Morris, rather than swinging blindly as his evidence suggested.
"I heard him saying get off my brother and seen him standing in front of me. Then it just went quiet," Stanley Murray said.
Mr Johnstone revealed that after Mr Morris was hit and the brothers had fled to the sleepout where they lived, the elder sibling said: "Stanley I think I've killed someone".
"We were just mainly in shock at what had just happened," Stanley Murray told the court, adding his brother did not say anything more about the incident at the time.
As Stanley Murray left court he walked past his brother in the dock.
"Love you bro," the accused whispered.
Stanley Murray's mate Bodhi Young also gave evidence for the defence.
He was with the younger Murray playing X-Box and watching movies when the fight broke out on Don Buck Rd.
He went up to the street and saw "a whole heap of people". He saw people wearing clothing with Head Hunters gang emblems.
He said he was punched in the eye as he ran out to get Stanley Murray's dog which had gotten loose and was roaming around the fracas.
He did not see who hit him. At some stage he noticed Stanley Murray being attacked.
"Stan was basically getting ragdolled. It was like a dog with a toy, thrashing it around," he told the court.
He heard the accused shout out "leave my little brother alone" and said he sounded "quite scared and panicked". The person doing the assaulting, later identified as Mr Morris, responded with "f**k off".
"Mike proceeded to hit him with a stick. As far as I knew it looked like a long piece of driftwood," Mr Young said.
He then Mr Morris, collapse.
"I saw a female run to him, jump on him, hold him and start screaming. Everything got heightened, as if it was at a level one and went up to a level 20... just the violence," he said.
He lied to police the night Mr Morris died and explained this in court.
"I didn't tell them about Mike hurting Connor... because I had seen the Head Hunters and I was scared they would come after me and my partner.
On 5 August last year he made a formal statement, again lying to police about Murray's involvement and what he saw on the road.
"I still feared for my safety."
On 14 August Mr Young told police everything he knew.
"Another person at the house had already put me at the scene..."
Mr Johnstone also challenged Mr Young's evidence.
He put to Mr Young that while he said he saw Stanley Murray being assaulted, he did not see any punches connect.
Mr Young said yes, that was true. He could not be certain that Stanley Murray was actually punched.
He recalled Stanley Murray was lying on the ground with his hands wrapped around his head.
Mr Morris was standing over him and the accused approached from behind and hit him in the head with the sickle, using both hands.
Mr Young described it as a "chopping motion" and "like swinging an axe".
Mr Johnstone said: "Your account... goes a long way beyond the truth.
"Aren't you simply attempting to justify to us what Michael Murray did?"
Mr Young said no, and maintained his evidence was an accurate account of what he saw.
Ms Dyhrberg then closed the defence case.