Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tentative dates set in Kentville for new murder trial for Leslie Douglas Greenwood

Leslie Douglas Greenwood will soon have a second chance to plead his case. The Nova Scotia man challenging two counts of first-degree murder in relation to a double homicide case in Hants County appeared in Kentville provincial court July 20 for a status update. On July 20, a pretrial conference was set for Sept. 1 at 1 p.m., and voir dires were scheduled for Oct. 24-26 and Dec. 13-14.
Greenwood is charged with the first-degree murders of Barry Kirk Mersereau and Nancy Paula Christensen. The couple was shot to death in their Nova Scotia home in September 2000. 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 in 2012
Greenwood is back in Nova Scotia to face charges 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.

Greenwood's re-trial in Quebec won’t take place until 2018, possibly not until 2020. Greenwood appears again in Nova Scotia May 6.

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