APPEARING calm and in control wearing a black Elwood t-shirt, Shane Michael Oulds told police he was "blown away'' that his "friend'' Jye Burns had been gunned down on a dirt track.
He told detectives that Mr Burns, originally from Dalby, needed to go to Landsborough so he and a mutual friend, Shane Moroney, dropped him out there and then returned to the now defunct 240V nightclub at Mooloolaba.
"He never turned up,'' Oulds said in a recorded police interview.
"When we left Jye, he was alive.
"I'm just blown away by it because he was there one minute and gone the next.
"It's spinning me out.''
Oulds, 40, pleaded not guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday to murdering Mr Burns, 24, on a dirt track off the Steve Irwin Way about 10pm on July 8, 2010.
Crown prosecutor Ben Power alleged Mr Burns was shot five times at close range to "teach him a lesson''.
He said Burns suffered gunshot wounds to his face, head, arm and body - dying shortly after from fatal injuries to his heart and lung.
Mr Power said Mr Burns had been on a pub crawl with Oulds and Moroney across the Sunshine Coast when they decided to get cocaine from a dealer at Beerwah.
He said the jury would hear evidence that Oulds suggested they rob the dealer of the cocaine and steal $100,000 cash believed to be at the property.
But before they got there, they drove down a dirt track under the guise of a urination stop.
Moroney will testify he saw Oulds pull out a revolver and shoot Mr Burns before they returned to the coast.
Defence barrister Tony Kimmons suggested the prosecution case relied entirely on Moroney's evidence.
He said Moroney was an indemnified witness who was an accomplice in the alleged murder.
"What is not accepted is ... that Shane Oulds pulled the trigger,'' he said.
Mr Kimmons said the jury should approach Moroney's evidence with caution and scrutinise it carefully.
"There are myriad reasons why someone will tell a particular story," he said.
"It would be ... dangerous to convict Shane Oulds on the evidence of an indemnified witness."
The trial continues.
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