Brothers convicted of Ashmont murder

FOUR men will be sentenced next month after being found guilty of killing small-time Wagga drug dealer John Gjedsted during a fracas in Ashmont four years ago.

Brothers Bevan, 31, and Ethan McKellar, 21, were found guilty of murder by a Supreme Court jury in Sydney yesterday.

Luke Elwood, 23, and Douglas Dennis, 30, were convicted of manslaughter.

All four men are related.

The McKellars were additionally found guilty of wounding a teenager with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and of armed assault with intent to rob.

The teen was stabbed in the violent conflict at Mr Gjedsted’s Marshall Street home about 6.20pm on May 1, 2011.

Elwood was also found guilty of armed assault with intent to rob.

Mr Gjedsted was stabbed four times, with the fatal wound coming from a stab to his left lung.

He died at the scene.

The guilty men are in custody and will next appear in court on May 16 for sentencing submissions.

The jury deliberated for 12 days at the end of a 12-day trial.

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