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Murder victim last seen at Sandeson’s apartment building, prosecutor tells jury

The Crown attorney said Taylor Samson had gone there to do a drug deal with fellow Dalhousie student William Sandeson, who is charged with murdering Samson.
William Michael Sandeson, shown at court last year, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the disappearance of fellow Dalhousie University student Taylor Samson in August 2015. (Local Xpress / File)

The jury in the murder trial of medical student William Sandeson heard today that the victim was last seen on video walking down the hallway of Sandeson's apartment building.

Crown attorney Susan MacKay said Taylor Samson had gone there for a drug deal.

She said in her opening address to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury that the pair had negotiated the sale of 20 pounds of marijuana for $40,000.

MacKay said Samson left his home and told his girlfriend that he would not be long, but never returned.

She also said Sandeson gave different versions of his encounter with Samson to police.

Sandeson,  a former varsity track athlete who was set to begin classes at medical school, was charged with first-degree murder on Aug. 20, 2015, just days after Samson, a physics student at Dalhousie University, was reported missing.

Samson’s body has not been found. Police allege he was murdered Aug. 15 at Sandeson’s apartment on Henry Street.