Two men accused of killing Chad Davis, whose body was found in a barrel floating in a river outside Winnipeg in 2008, have both been found guilty of first-degree murder.

Chad Davis

Davis's remains were discovered inside a barrel that had been floating near the shoreline of the Lee River in July 2008. (Police handout)

Jurors issued their verdict for Kristopher Brincheski and Corey Tymchyshyn at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Deliberations had begun shortly after 1 p.m.

Brincheski began crying and shaking in the prisoner's box when the verdict came down, while Tymchyshyn lost the colour in his face.

Both men face a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison.

The remains of Davis, 22, were found in a barrel floating in the Lee River near Lac du Bonnet, Man., in July 2008.

Davis had been reported missing nearly six months earlier after being last seen on Prince Rupert Avenue in Winnipeg's East Kildonan area.

During the trial, which began in January, jurors heard that Davis was a cocaine dealer who was trying to collect a $10,000 debt from Tymchyshyn.

Brincheski and Tymchyshyn have both admitted that they disposed of Davis's body together, but they have blamed his death on each other.

Davis's mother, Lori, held her son's ashes in the courtroom as family members and his former girlfriend delivered emotional victim impact statements after the verdict was handed down.

"How could you act like nothing has happened?" Lori Davis said to Tymchyshyn and Brincheski, looking directly at the two men as she spoke.

She added that her pain will never diminish and their nightmare will last forever.

Davis's father also looked at Brincheski and Tymchyshyn as he called them cowards and told them he will never forget the mental image of his son being put into a barrel and thrown into a river.

Kyle Davis told the court it's a "lazy narrative" to portray his brother Chad as someone who deserved to be murdered.

"No one deserved this," he said.