Nearly three years after the Black Mag explosion in Colebrook that killed two men, a criminal trial has been scheduled in Coos Superior Court that is expected to be followed by a civil trial in federal court.
As it stands now, a criminal trial by jury for Black Mag owner Craig Sanborn is scheduled for mid-May at Coos Superior Court in Lancaster.
In January 2012, Sanborn, 63, of Maidstone, was indicted on two counts of manslaughter and two counts of negligent homicide for negligently engaging in the manufacture, production, testing and storage of explosive material that resulted in explosions and the fire that killed Donald Kendall and Jesse Kennett.
The case also resulted in two civil lawsuits alleging wrongful death that were filed by the victims' families.
The civil trial is scheduled in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, in Concord, after the criminal trial is completed, federal court representatives said Monday
Sanborn, who is being represented by attorney Mark Sisti for the criminal charges, was the owner of the gunpowder factory Black Mag Industries LLC, a subsidiary of Millennium Designed Muzzleloaders, that operated at 23 Gould St. in Colebrook.
The explosion occurred on the afternoon of May 14, 2010, at the site that manufactured a gunpowder substitute for muzzleloader rifles.