Condong drug crop murder charge
CONDONG man Barry Ronald Grant has been charged with the murder of 30-year-old Jethro Matheson.
Grant, 51, appeared in Grafton Local Court Tuesday for a bail hearing.
Police allege that Grant and Matheson were involved in cultivating a large cannabis crop at Condong worth an estimated $3 million.
Matheson was found dead in bushland near the Border Ranges on January 30 - two weeks after police discovered the cannabis crop and began searching for the two men.
Grant made a brief appearance dressed in his prison greens.
The middle-aged man of medium height appeared calm in the dock.
He did not apply for bail and the matter was dealt with quickly.
Grant turned himself in to police at Byron Bay two weeks ago after spending a month on the run.
It is alleged Grant committed the murder on January 15, the night of the police raid.
Grant is also facing charges of cultivating a large commercial quantity of cannabis, supplying a prohibited plant, supplying a prohibited drug and cannabis possession.
He is scheduled to appear on the murder charge in Lismore Local Court on May 4.