Black clad men blamed for mur­der

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton / Province -

A Dal­housie med­i­cal stu­dent told police two men dressed in black span­dex morph suits came into his apart­ment, shot a drug dealer in the head and then stuffed him into a black bag.

Wil­liam San­deson, 24, is on trial for the first-de­gree mur­der of Tay­lor Sam­son — who brought 20 pounds of mar­i­juana to sell San­deson — be­fore a Nova Sco­tia Supreme Court jury.

Over the last two days, the jury has seen Sam­son’s girl­friend tes­tify as well as an in­ter­ro­ga­tion video of San­deson on Aug. 19, 2015, four days af­ter the 22-year-old Sam­son went miss­ing.

Through­out the taped in­ter­ro­ga­tion, San­deson re­mained mostly silent as Hal­i­fax Re­gional Police of­fi­cers grilled him about what hap­pened that night and Sam­son’s where­abouts. His heavy sobs were au­di­ble as he rocked back and forth while they ques­tioned him.

San­deson gave vary­ing ver­sions of what hap­pened in a se­ries of police in­ter­views — in­cluded deny­ing even see­ing Sam­son, a fel­low Dal­housie stu­dent, at all that night.

Then near the end of the video he said two men dressed in black span­dex morph suits un­der­neath street clothes came “to scare (Sam­son) out of deal­ing.’’

He said he knew they were wait­ing in his room­mate’s be­d­room for Sam­son to get there, and when he showed up, “they had a gun on him.’’

They told San­deson to shut off his sur­veil­lance sys­tem con­trolled from his own be­d­room, he said, and then one of the men shot Sam­son in the back of the head.

“There was a lot of blood,’’ he told the of­fi­cer in the video.

“They put him in the bag with the weed,’’ he said, adding they then left with the bag. “It was the big­gest bag I’ve ever seen,’’ he said.

San­deson told the of­fi­cer he started to clean up the blood, putting pa­per tow­els and his shower cur­tain into black garbage bags and bring­ing them out to his car.

Ear­lier in the trial, the video showed San­deson deny­ing through heavy sob­bing that he was the “mas­ter­mind’’ be­hind the drug meet­ing, but said he couldn’t give the names of the two men.

“I don’t have a name,’’ he said.

In this ver­sion of events, San­deson said he didn’t know the men were go­ing to kill Sam­son. He also said the only wit­ness to this was his next door neigh­bour, who poked his head in but only saw Sam­son sit­ting at the kitchen ta­ble where he was later shot.

The video of the in­ter­ro­ga­tion ended with an of­fi­cer com­ing in to the room and ar­rest­ing San­deson for mur­der.

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