Legal counsel arranged for man facing two first-degree murder charges

Kirk Starratt
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KENTVILLE - Tentative trial dates have yet to be set for a man charged with two counts of first-degree murder dating from over 15 years ago but his legal defence has been confirmed.

Leslie Douglas Greenwood, 46, sat quietly in Kentville Supreme Court March 15 as Judge Gregory Warner, defence lawyer Trevor McGuigan and Crown Peter Craig discussed process for his case.

McGuigan said Greenwood’s counsel situation has been sorted out. Nova Scotia Legal Aid lawyer Karen Endres will join him in defending Greenwood.

McGuigan said the defence is “making significant progress” in reviewing disclosure material from the Crown but his instruction was to seek a further adjournment.

Warner adjourned the matters to May 6 at 2 p.m. The purpose of the next court date will be identifying pre-trial motions and setting a timeline to deal with them and perhaps setting tentative trial dates.

Warner said he had no difficulty with Craig appearing by telephone or videoconference May 6. Warner asked the Crown and defence to determine what the pre-trial motions would be prior to the next court date. The court needs to know what the motions will be and the length of time needed to address them.

Warner said both the court and Greenwood have expressed concern over delays getting the charges to trial. Greenwood has yet to apply for a bail hearing and remains in custody on a due-course-of-law remand.

The other Crown prosecutor involved with the case is Shauna MacDonald. Endres and MacDonald were not present for the March 15 court appearance.

Greenwood is charged with the first-degree murders of Barry Kirk Mersereau and Nancy Paula Christensen. The couple was shot to death in their Centre Burlington, Hants County home in September 2000. It’s alleged that the double murder was connected to the Hell’s Angels.

Greenwood was convicted of the murders following a three-week Supreme Court jury trial concluding in May 2012. The convictions were overturned by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeals in September 2014 because of the use of hearsay evidence in the first trial.

Greenwood is back in Nova Scotia to face charges here after a mistrial was declared in Quebec in December. There, he remains charged with the first-degree murders of Kirk Murray and Antonio Onesi in Notre-Dame-de-Grace in 2010, as well as conspiracy to commit murder. The jury was unable to agree on a verdict, leading to the mistrial.

In January, Greenwood told Judge Warner his re-trial in Quebec wouldn’t take place until 2018, possibly not until 2020.

Greenwood is originally from Colchester County and is a former resident of East Mountain, Pictou County, and Bramber, Hants County.

Organizations: Supreme Court, Nova Scotia Court of Appeals

Geographic location: Hants County, Quebec, Nova Scotia Colchester County East Mountain Pictou County

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