The defence lawyer in the Scott Guy trial says Ewen Macdonald will overcome the accusation of murder and "rebuild" his life.
Macdonald was last week acquitted of murdering his brother-in-law after a month-long trial at the High Court in Wellington.
Greg King told TV ONE's Sunday he believed Macdonald was just a "normal Kiwi bloke" who had the rest of his life ahead of him.
"He's an extremely good and capable dairy farmer... he's got a career and a life ahead of him."
King hoped one day the real offender of the crime would be apprehended so there was no longer a "cloud of doubt" over Macdonald.
The comments come on the two-year anniversary of the death of Guy, when he was killed in the early hours of the morning at the front gates to the family farm in Feilding.
Crown prosecutors alleged Macdonald shot Guy twice in the throat over tensions of the future of the farm.
The murder trial was followed extensively by the New Zealand media and public, with queues to get into the public gallery during the trial.
King said he could not understand why the public was so captivated by the trial, attributing it to "unadulterated racism".
"When brown people are killed, or brown people are killing, no-one gives a damn it seems.
"But when they're good looking white people, then it's all drawn into this media hysteria."
The defence lawyer's closing statement was described as "theatrical" by many, including former politician Sir Robert Jones.
King defended his speech, saying he had to make sure his points stuck with the jury.
"I don't accept that it's theatre, I don't accept that it's showmanship. It is about using delivery techniques to try and make those impacts."
Macdonald awaits sentencing for the arson and wilful damage to Guy's property, which he admitted to, as well as other charges that are suppressed.