Hal­i­fax stu­dent found guilty of mur­der

Tears, cheers in court­room from vic­tim’s family fol­low­ing Wil­liam San­deson’s ver­dict

Toronto Star - - NEWS -

HAL­I­FAX— The mother of a slain univer­sity stu­dent says she’ll keep search­ing for her son’s body, with or with­out the help of his killer.

Wil­liam San­deson, a Hal­i­fax med­i­cal stu­dent, was found guilty Sun­day of first-de­gree mur­der in the death of 22-year-old Tay­lor Sam­son.

San­deson was charged two years ago in the slay­ing of Sam­son, a fel­low Dal­housie Univer­sity stu­dent whose body has never been found.

There were tears and cheers from mem­bers of Sam­son’s family when the de­ci­sion was an­nounced af­ter 22 hours of jury de­lib­er­a­tion. San­deson, 24, re­mained stone-faced as the jury of six men and six women was polled to af­firm their agree­ment with the ver­dict.

“Turn around and take a bow, Billy,” Sam­son’s mother, Linda Boutilier, yelled as San­deson was es­corted out of the court­room.

“Tell us where he is,” another voice shouted from the gallery.

Now that the trial is over, Boutilier said she can con­cen­trate on re­cov­er­ing her son’s re­mains.

“I want my son back,” she said. “If (San­deson) doesn’t want to help us, then fine. I’ll find him on my own. I’m not go­ing to stop look­ing for Tay­lor. I’m bring­ing him home.”

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. Out­side court, Boutilier said she would sleep soundly for the first time since her son went miss­ing 22 months ago.

“(San­deson) doesn’t care about his family, my family, Tay­lor,” Boutilier said. “It’s like, you’re the one who wanted this whole trial. You wouldn’t take a plea bar­gain, so turn around. Take a bow.”

Boutilier and Tay­lor’s grand­mother, El­iz­a­beth Sam­son, ex­pressed sym­pa­thy for San­deson’s family, cast­ing them as fel­low vic­tims.

“I do feel sorry for his family that they brought up a man like him,” El­iz­a­beth Sam­son said, her voice quiv­er­ing with emo­tion. “I would be heartbroken.”

First-de­gree mur­der con­vic­tions carry an au­to­matic life sen­tence with no chance of pa­role for 25 years. A for­mal sen­tenc­ing hear­ing has been set for July 11, when vic­tim im­pact state­ments will be read.


Wil­liam San­deson, left, has been found guilty of first-de­gree mur­der in the death of Tay­lor Sam­son.

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