SIX YEARS AFTER ALLEGEDLY KILLING A MAN IN NOVA SCOTIA AND FLEEING CANADA, AND A YEAR AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED ON A VENEZUELAN ISLAND, STEVEN DOUGLAS SKINNER WILL FINALLY APPEAR IN A HALIFAX COURT.
A Halifax medical student has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Taylor Samson. William Sandeson was charged two years ago in the slaying of Samson, a fellow Dalhousie University student whose body has never been found. The jury deliberated for 22 hours before returning to the Nova Scotia Supreme Courtroom Sunday to render its verdict. There were tears and cheers from members of Samson’s family after the decision was announced. The trial heard Samson went to Sandeson’s apartment on Aug. 15, 2015, to sell him nine kilograms of marijuana for $40,000. Court heard Samson was last seen alive on video walking into Sandeson’s apartment shortly before 10:30 p.m. In her closing arguments, Crown attorney Kim McOnie suggested Sandeson lured Samson to his apartment and shot him in the back of the head at his kitchen table as part of a scheme to alleviate his debt.