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Dead witness’s testimony heard at Kentville murder trial

Leslie Greenwood smiles as he is led from Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Kentville Wednesday. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Barry Mersereau and Nancy Christensen in September 2000.
Leslie Greenwood smiles as he is led from Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Kentville Wednesday. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Barry Mersereau and Nancy Christensen in September 2000. - Ian Fairclough

Jurors heard testimony Wednesday from a Crown witness in the Leslie Greenwood double-murder trial that lined up with some of what was said earlier in the trial.

The evidence was actually a recording of Jason Lindsay’s testimony at Greenwood’s original trial in 2012. Lindsay has since died.

Greenwood is charged in the shootings of Barry Mersereau and Nancy Christensen, who were killed in September 2000.

Lindsay had testified that he was the uncle of Curtis Lynds even though they were only a year apart in age. He said they did a lot together growing up.

Lindsay said that through Lynds he knew Michael Lawrence, who has already pleaded guilty in the killings, and Greenwood.

He said that in 2010 he was contacted by RCMP, who said he was implicated in the murder of Charles Maddison two days before the double murder. Lawrence testified last week that Maddison’s truck was the getaway vehicle used in the killing of Mersereau and Christensen.

Lindsay said he gave a statement to police to prove that he wasn’t involved.

On the morning of Sept. 9, 2000, Lindsay said in his testimony, he drove Curtis Lynds and Lawrence to a home near Kennetcook because Lynds wanted to show Lawrence something. He said he assumed he was asked to drive because Mersereau wouldn’t recognize his car.

He said Lynds told him to slow down and pointed to a house while saying, “Right there, Mike.”

Lindsay said that he slowed almost to a stop and Lynds said angrily, “What are you doing? People’s going to be killed here.”

He said when he asked who lived in the house, he was told “the less you know, the better off you’ll be.”

He said he stayed at Lynds’ house that night, and sometime the next morning Lawrence and Greenwood came back to the property.

Once they were out the car, Lindsay said, “Curtis asked Mike if he did that thing, and he said, ‘Yeah, I got them both.’” He said Greenwood looked pale and didn’t say anything, and “looked like he saw something he shouldn’t have.”

Under cross-examination by the defence lawyer at the time, Lindsay said there was no mention of Greenwood’s name when the house was being pointed out to Lawrence, and that Lawrence told Lynds that “I got them both,” not “We got them both.”

The trial is scheduled to resume in Nova Scotia Supreme Sourt in Kentville Thursday morning with more recorded testimony from the first trial. This time it will be Dr.

Vernon Bowes, the chief medical examiner for the province in 2000. He has not died, but was diagnosed with dementia in 2015.

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