Crown introduces marijuana as evidence in first-degree murder trial

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The jury in the first-degree murder trial of William Sandeson has been shown the marijuana that the Crown maintains was the root cause for the killing of Taylor Samson.

Sandeson is accused of killing Samson, 22, in Halifax in August 2015. Sandeson was 23 at the time. 

This is the second time William Sandeson has faced a trial on this charge in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. A new trial was ordered in 2020 after a verdict from a trial in 2017 was overturned on appeal.

A police forensic expert testified Wednesday at Sandeson’s trial.

On Aug. 21, 2015, Det. Const. Illya Nielsen was called to an apartment in south-end Halifax to execute a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA).

Nielsen told court he found, photographed and seized three containers from the basement of an apartment on Chestnut Street where Sandeson’s younger brother Adam was living.

Murder victim Taylor Samson, 22, was reported missing on Aug. 16, 2015. (Halifax Regional Police)

Adam Sandeson has testified that he found the containers — a backpack, a grocery bag and a box for a small appliance — after his brother told him there might be something in his basement that stinks. Adam Sandeson said he assumed the containers contained marijuana.

Nielsen said he seized the drugs and examined the containers. He said they contained vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana. He said he found fingerprints on some of the packages, but he was not able to determine who the prints belonged to.

Once Nielsen…

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