Report says outlaw biker provided statement to police following his arrest last spring
TRURO - Hells Angel Jeffrey Lynds of North River shot fellow outlaw biker Randy Mersereau at point-blank range with a revolver in the basement of 74 Peppard Dr., Onslow Mountain, according to a CBC News report.
Halifax CBC reporter Phonse Jessome reported on Thursday that Lynds provided a statement to police following his arrest in Truro last spring, admitting his involvement in Mersereau's death.
Mersereau disappeared in the fall of 1999, shortly after a bombing at a used car dealership in Bible Hill in an initial attempt on his life.
This past October, the RCMP spent eight days searching the basement and a nearby pond at the Onslow residence before moving their investigation to a wooded area off Hiram Lynds Road in North River, where Merserau's skeletal remains were found.
"Hells Angel Jeff Lynds told them that in October 1999 he killed Randy Mersereau in the basement and a friend buried the gun outside," Jessome reported.
Following his arrest last spring in Truro, Lynds was transferred to a Montreal prison where he faces charges in an unrelated doubled homicide. The CBC said it was at that prison where he provided his statement to police.
"Lynds says he lured Mersereau to the home," the CBC said in its report. "He says he shot Mersereau five times with a hand gun provided by the Hells Angels who ordered the hit. He then claims his nephew Curtis Lynds and Dean Whynott took the body to (a) nearby field and buried it. He said Les Greenwood disposed of Mersereau's car."
Curtis Lynds, who lived on Hiram Lynds Road until his arrest on drug trafficking charges in 2007, was charged on Monday with being an accessory after the fact in Mersereau's death for allegedly helping his uncle, Jeff, escape custody.
Greenwood has also been charged with accessory after the fact in Mersereau's homicide and also with his attempted murder during the bombing of the car dealership in Bible Hill in September 1999.
Whynott, 44, of Truro Heights, who owned the home on Peppard Drive from 2000 until May 2010, is charged with being an accessory after the fact in Mersereau's death.
Jeff Lynds has not been charged with any of the crimes and a source told the Truro Daily News the reason he began co-operating with police is because he has a terminal illness.
The CBC also reported that Greenwood and Curtis Lynds were primary factors in the killing a year later of Mersereau's brother Kirk Mersereau and his common-law wife Nancy Christensen in their Centre Burlington, Hants County home.
"Lynds says the Hells Angels ordered that hit and provided the guns and in a grisly description of cold-blooded murder he points the finger at his close friend Les Greenwood and an unnamed man," the CBC reported. "According to Lynds, Greenwood entered the couple's home and shot both Mersereau and Christensen in the stomach and then left the house. He says the second man then went inside and shot them in the head to be sure they were dead and then left the couple's (18-month-old) child inside with the bodies. He says his nephew Curtis Lynds helped organize the hit."
The CBC said police did not take Lynds at his word and subsequently set up "... wiretaps and launched an elaborate sting involving undercover police officers posing as outlaw bikers to work on the subjects."
Curtis Lynds and Greenwood are both charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Kirk Mersereau and Christensen.
Gerald Leslie MacCabe, 43, of Salmon River is also charged with accessory after the fact in Randy Mersereau's murder for helping Jeff Lynds escape custody.
RCMP major crimes spokeswoman Brigdit Leger said she could not comment on the CBC report because the investigation is ongoing.
Further charges are anticipated in the case.