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Bail hearing begins in Dal student murder case

Judge orders publication ban for duration of hearing

William Michael Sandeson's bail hearing began Wednesday
William Michael Sandeson’s bail hearing began Wednesday   Payge Woodard

The bail hearing for a Dalhousie University student accused of murder got underway on Wednesday.

William Michael Sandeson, 22, is charged with first-degree murder in the August disappearance of fellow Dal student Taylor Samson, also 22. Samson’s body has not been found.

Justice Jamie Campbell issued a publication ban for the hearing, which lasted two hours today.

Sandeson, a varsity track and field athlete, was to begin medical school in September. Samson was studying physics and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. It is alleged that Samson was murdered as part of a “drug rip.”

The hearing is set to continue Oct. 22 at 11:00 a.m.