Qld judge discharges jury in murder trial for legal reasons

THE trial of a man who allegedly killed his friend before shoving his body into a barrel has been aborted.

Anthony Charles Oliver pleaded not guilty to murdering Norman Desmond Cheney and had been on trial in the Supreme Court in Brisbane.

Justice Margaret Wilson discharged the jury in the case on Monday due to legal reasons.

Oliver, of Caboolture, is expected to face a later trial.

The court had heard Oliver allegedly shot Mr Cheney in December, 2010, before driving his body to Esk.

Oliver is accused of putting Mr Cheney's body in a 44-gallon drum, covering it with cement and throwing the drum in the river.

A bushwalker came across the barrel on the banks of the Caboolture River in February, 2011.

The jury had heard Oliver was in a relationship with Mr Cheney's wife.