Trial resumes for former student charged in death of university physics student

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 25, 2017

William Sandeson, left, arrives for his preliminary hearing at provincial court in Halifax on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

A trial resumes today for a former Halifax medical student accused of first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old physics student Taylor Samson.

The first-degree murder trial of Dalhousie University student William Sandeson is entering its second week. "Every piece of paper, every report, every piece of video", Tan said outside court last week, adding that Sandeson took a paralegal course while in prison so he could better understand his case.

The 90-minute video shows Sandeson casually dressed in a T-shirt, shorts and ball cap, sitting on a black couch in an interview room at the station.

Sandeson also showed police text messages he said he exchanged with Samson, including one he sent after they failed to meet up.

Sandeson had used a cellphone application called Nextplus to talk to Samson and plan this meet-up, but he told Keddy he'd deleted the app the day before "because he got nervous about selling marijuana".

He said Samson texted him late Saturday night to say he was right outside.

Sandeson told Keddy that he was looking for only a couple grams of marijuana for himself, but that he knew people who wanted to buy larger quantities. "I was curious - if he had a good price on something, I could put him in contact with them", said Sandeson, telling the officer that never happened.

In an opening address last week, Crown lawyer Susan MacKay said evidence will show that police detected DNA matching Samson's genetic profile on a gun and a bullet found in Sandeson's apartment in Halifax.

In Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Monday, the jury saw video of Sandeson's interview with police three days later, on August 18, 2015 - when Samson was a missing person, and Sandeson was a potential witness, not a suspect. His body has never been found.

MacKay said Samson was last seen alive walking down the hallway of Sandeson's Halifax apartment building, where she alleges he was going to sell 20 pounds of marijuana to the accused for $40,000.

Sandeson, who is originally from Truro, N.S., is a former varsity track athlete who was set to start his medical studies within weeks of his arrest.

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