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Bail denied in Dal student murder case

Three-day bail hearing ends in case involving murder of Taylor Samson

The Law Courts, Upper Water St. Halifax
The Law Courts, Upper Water St. Halifax   Payge Woodard

William Sandeson, the Dalhousie University student charged with first-degree murder in the disappearance of a fellow student, will not be released on bail prior to his trial. Justice Jamie Campbell made the decision following three days of evidence from prosecutors.

Friends and family members of the deceased, Taylor Samson, cried and embraced one another as Campbell discussed his decision to deny Sandeson’s bail application. Samson’s mother cried out at Sandeson as the courtroom emptied.

Sandeson was charged in August. It is alleged that he murdered Samson over a “drug rip.” If convicted, he could face life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years.

Justice Campbell had issued a publication ban for the entire hearing.

Sandeson is to appear in Provincial Court on Oct. 27 at 9:00 a.m. to set a date for his preliminary inquiry.