WHITE BEAR LAKE — A man on trial for murdering a White Bear Lake woman last fall by injecting her with heroin and meth missed the jury's guilty verdict because he was arrested for possessing heroin the night before in another county.
Victor Wayne Lynch, 50, was found guilty on all counts for the death of Trina Marie Maurstad, 28, Nov. 2 — two counts of third-degree murder, one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of fifth-degree drug possession.
His first appearance on another fifth-degree drug possession charge in Hennepin County was held Nov. 3, a day after a jury in Ramsey County found him guilty, according to court documents. He was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in Maple Grove after being pulled over for swerving over dividers and failing to signal. A law enforcement canine sniffed narcotics and 0.19 grams of heroin was found.
Heroin was also a drug that played a role in his trial in Ramsey County. That trial began in late October.
Lynch was found guilty for giving Maurstad a “speedball” of drugs last October, according to court documents. She died from a drug overdose at the Red Roof Inn in Roseville, according to court documents. A witness said she thought she saw Lynch inject the drugs into Maurstad's arm himself at least once.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner reported Maurstad died “as a result of mixed drug toxicity including heroin and methamphetamine,” according to court documents. Maurstad was the mother of three sons, according to her obituary.
The Ramsey County Attorney's Office considers the guilty verdict a step in the right direction in a comprehensive effort to solve drug issues in the county.
“We are obviously pleased with the jury’s verdict, as it sends an important message that those who contribute to overdose deaths deserve to be held responsible for their role,” said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi. “Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the Roseville police investigators and the determination of our prosecutor, we were able to hold this defendant accountable.
“While prosecution alone cannot solve this crisis, it is an important part of the equation, along with drug treatment programs, enhanced support for families, improved regulation of prescribing and dispensing practices of opiate-based pain medication, and holding manufacturers and distributors accountable for their role in this growing epidemic.”
Lynch's sentencing will be held Dec. 19. Ramsey County issued a warrant Nov. 2 for Lynch at a Vadnais Heights address. Court documents regarding Lynch over the last year have listed several addresses, including Roseville and Brooklyn Center.