Nova Scotia

Murder charge laid in Kidston death

Police have charged a Dartmouth man with second-degree murder in connection with a killing in May.

Police have charged a Dartmouth man with second-degree murder in connection with a killing in May.

Stephen William Jones, 50, appeared in Dartmouth provincial court on Friday.

Jones is accused of killing Grant William Kidston, 47, who was found dead in an apartment on Victoria Road in Dartmouth on May 30.

Police have not said how Kidston died.

On May 30, Halifax Regional Police brought Jones in for questioning but later released him.

Police arrested Jones Thursday on a busy Dartmouth highway, near the Mic Mac Mall, after several patrol cars surrounded his vehicle.

Palmeter said they made the arrest after receiving the results of some forensic testing.

"The investigation was reaching the point of making an arrest and Mr. Jones's location was known to officers. So when the time was right, the traffic stop was initiated and the arrest was made," said Const. Brian Palmeter.

The murder charge comes as a relief to Kidston's family.

"Well I feel it does make some closure onto the whole situation," said Humphrey Longard, a cousin.

Kidston was a divorced father of one and worked as a retail manager in a Dartmouth mall.

Longard said Jones had been Kidston's tenant.

Jones will be back in court Sept. 10.