Accused murderer Bradley Scott Purkiss arranged a last minute shooting trip to Levendale on the day he is alleged to have killed his friend Dwayne Robert Davies, a court has heard.
Mr Purkiss, of Elderslie, is co-accused with Margaret Anne Otto, of Risdon Vale, for the alleged murder of Mr Davies.
Both have pleaded not guilty.
Mr Davies was last seen on May 26, 2017, and his body was found just over a week later wrapped in a blue tarp in a shallow grave at Levendale.
Mr Purkiss' father Anthony Purkiss told the Hobart Supreme Court on Wednesday he and his two sons, Bradley and Wayne Purkiss, went 'spotlight' shooting at Levendale the night after the alleged murder.
In opening submissions last week, Crown prosecutor Madeleine Wilson alleged Mr [Bradley] Purkiss arranged this trip in order to move Mr Davies' body from his Elderslie residence, where it was alleged the murder took place, to Levendale.
The Crown alleged Mr Purkiss used an excavator located on the property to dig a shallow grave for Mr Davies' body.
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The court heard on Wednesday Mr Anthony Purkiss had been visiting the same rural property at Levendale for more than 30 years to shoot and collect firewood.
Mr Anthony Purkiss said his son had come to visit him at his New Norfolk home on May 26 asking him to arrange for them to go shooting at Levendale the following night.
The next night, after Mr Anthony Purkiss and his two sons arrived at Levendale, he said Mr [Bradley] Purkiss took off in the ute for about 20 minutes.
He said when his son returned he noticed the green waste which had been on the back of the ute was now gone.
"We [then] had coffee and sandwiches and started shooting," Mr Anthony Purkiss said.
Mr Wayne Purkiss said he did not see anything like a blue tarp in the green waste on the back of Mr Purkiss' ute before the waste was removed.
Mr Anthony Purkiss and Mr Wayne Purkiss both said they did not hear any machinery starting during the time Bradley Purkiss was absent.
"No, and I would have heard it because the wind was blowing from East to West," Mr Wayne Purkiss said.
Mr Anthony Purkiss said in May 2017 he owned six firearms and Bradley Purkiss did not take any of these out of his possession during the visit to New Norfolk or the shooting trip to Levendale the following day.
The trial before Chief Justice Alan Blow continues.