Hear­ing dates set

Fe­bru­ary pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry sched­uled in Dal­housie stu­dent mur­der case

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

New dates have been se­lected for a pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry in the case of a 23-year-old med­i­cal stu­dent charged with the mur­der of a fel­low Dal­housie Univer­sity stu­dent in Hal­i­fax.

Wil­liam San­deson ap­peared in a Hal­i­fax court­room Wed­nes­day via a video link from a Hal­i­fax-area jail. The young bearded man and for­mer var­sity track ath­lete said lit­tle as he sat at one end of a long ta­ble, dressed in a prison-is­sue or­ange, short­sleeved shirt.

At a pre­vi­ous fo­cus hear­ing in Novem­ber, six days spread over three months were se­lected for the pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing, which will de­ter­mine if there is enough ev­i­dence to war­rant a trial.

How­ever, Crown pros­e­cu­tor Su­san MacKay and de­fence lawyer Eu­gene Tan agreed Wed­nes­day to ex­tend the hear­ing to eight days, all of them in Fe­bru­ary.

As with the pre­vi­ous fo­cus hear­ing, all ev­i­dence pre­sented in court is pro­tected by a pub­li­ca­tion ban.

San­deson is charged with first-de­gree mur­der in the death of 22-year-old Tay­lor Samson, a physics stu­dent at Dal­housie.

The charge was laid Aug. 20, four days af­ter Samson was re­ported miss­ing in Hal­i­fax. His body has yet to be found.

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