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See the evidence presented in the William Sandeson murder trial so far

Sandeson on trial in Halifax for 1st-degree murder in death of Dalhousie student Taylor Samson

A large amount of evidence has been introduced at the first-degree murder trial of William Sandeson, who is accused of killing fellow Dalhousie University student Taylor Samson.

The prosecution alleges Samson was killed during a drug deal at Sandeson's south-end Halifax apartment. Samson's body has not been found.

Pictured below are some of the exhibits from the ongoing trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, which began last month.

The first are photos taken by police following Sandeson's arrest on Aug. 19, 2015.

William Sandeson arrest

Police photo of Sandeson. (Court exhibit)

William Sandeson arrest

Police photo of Sandeson's back. (Court exhibit)

William Sandeson arrest

Police photo of an abrasion on Sandeson's shoulder. (Court exhibit)

Evidence so far in the trial points to Samson being killed in Sandeson's apartment on Henry Street in Halifax.

William Sandeson apartment diagram

This is a diagram of Sandeson's Halifax apartment. The room on the left was his bedroom. (Court exhibit)

Police found a duffel bag full of blood-stained cash in Sandeson's bedroom when they searched his apartment.

William Sandeson blood-stained money

One of the blood-stained $20 bills found in Sandeson's apartment. (Court exhibit)

William Sandeson blood-stained money

(Court exhibit)

The Crown has said Samson went to Sandeson's apartment to sell him 20 pounds of marijuana.

Taylor Samson

An image from security video at Sandeson's apartment showing Taylor Samson arriving. (Blair Rhodes/CBC)

Following Samson's disappearance and Sandeson's arrest for murder, the marijuana was turned over to police by a lawyer. Court has heard Sandeson had left it at his younger brother's apartment.

William Sandeson marijuana

This marijuana was turned over to police. (Blair Rhodes/CBC)

Police also found a 9-mm Smith & Wesson handgun, along with ammunition, in a safe in Sandeson's bedroom.

Handgun and cartridge presented as evidence in Sandeson trial

Police told court that they found several items inside Sandeson's safe, including a 9-mm Smith and Wesson handgun and a box of ammunition with two shells missing. (CBC)

William Sandeson gun

Police say the gun was found with one bullet in the chamber. (Court exhibit)

An RCMP expert analyzed photos of the gun and has testified that minute droplets of blood on the weapon indicate it had been used to shoot someone at a very close range.

William Sandeson gun

An RCMP expert said the droplets on the gun were blood. (Court exhbit)

William Sandeson gun

(Court exhibit)

Police also searched Sandeson's family farm in the Truro area. There they found an abandoned ice-cream truck with a number of pieces of evidence inside.

ice-cream truck found on Sandeson family farm

A police photo of the ice-cream truck. (Blair Rhodes/CBC)

William Sandeson ice-cream truck

Inside the truck was a sports bag. There were also garbage bags containing a shower curtain, blue tarp and towels. (Court exhibit)

William Sandeson shower curtain

Inside one of the garbage bags was a shower curtain. A DNA expert has testified that victim Taylor Samson's blood was on it. (Court exhibit)

William Sandeson tarp

A tarp inside on the garbage bags also tested positive for Samson's blood. (Court exhibit)

Police photo of black duffel bag police recovered from Sandeson family farm near Truro

This duffel bag was found inside the sports bag. It had Samson's blood on it and a police officer also testified it had a rotten smell. (Blair Rhodes/CBC)

William Sandeson towels

The trial has heard the towels inside one of the garbage bags were wet. (Court exhibit)

Police seized a backpack Sandeson was wearing when they arrested him. Inside was a new shower curtain.

William Sandeson backpack

This backpack was taken from Sandeson during his arrest. (Court exhibit)

William Sandeson new shower curtain

Police said they found this new shower curtain inside the backpack. (Court exhibit)

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