By Kirk Starratt
KENTVILLE- A third man charged in connection with two murders in Hants County more than 13 years ago will stand trial by judge and jury in Supreme Court in Kentville this May.
Curtis Blair Lynds – of North River, Colchester County - was charged in December 2010 in connection with the Centre Burlington murders of Barry Kirk Mersereau and Nancy Paula Christensen. It has been alleged that the murders were a hit ordered by the Hell’s Angels.
The 37-year-old man faces two counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 9, 2000 deaths.
Lynds is also charged with assisting Michael John Lawrence to escape, knowing Lawrence had murdered Charles Robert Maddison in Hants County between Sept. 7 and 11, 2000.
Security was tight when Lynds appeared in Kentville Supreme Court on Feb. 17. Agreement on several preliminary issues was arrived at. Any further voir dire matters will be addressed April 28. The dates for the Supreme Court judge and jury trial have been confirmed for May 5 to 30.
Lawrence, formerly of Windsor, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in relation to the deaths of Mersereau and Christensen Jan. 10, 2012. He also pled guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Maddison and was sentenced to three life sentences, to be served concurrently.
In May 2013, a Supreme Court jury in Kentville found Leslie Douglas Greenwood guilty on two counts of first-degree murder in the Centre Burlington deaths. Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy gave Greenwood a mandatory 25-year life sentence on each of the two charges, to be served concurrently.