North River man accused in Centre Burlington murders to stand trial in May

Kirk Starratt, Kings County Advertiser/Register
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Curtis Lynds charged with first-degree murder in deaths

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, 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.  During the court appearance, an agreement was reached on several preliminary issues. 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 on Jan. 10, 2012, in relation to the deaths of Mersereau and Christensen. He also pleaded 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 life sentence with no eligibility of parole for 25 years on each of the two charges, to be served concurrently.

 

Organizations: Supreme Court

Geographic location: North River, Hants County, Kentville

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