KENTVILLE - A Dartmouth man charged with the first-degree murder of a North Kentville resident more than 10 years ago has found legal counsel.
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Albert Baird was arrested in 2011 on charges of allegedly robbing a pharmacy, but was acquitted of the charges last fall. On May 30, 2013, he was charged with the first degree murder of missing Kentville woman Rhonda Wilson, who disappeared nearly 11 years ago.
Albert Rex Baird was arrested May 30, 2013, and charged with the murder of Rhonda Joyce Louise Wilson in Sheffield Mills, who disappeared in August 2002. Her body has never been found. The arrest was made in relation to the missing personâ€™s investigation into Wilsonâ€™s whereabouts. Wilson was Bairdâ€™s girlfriend at the time she went missing.
Baird, accompanied by two sheriffs, made a brief appearance at the April 14 hearing in Kentville provincial court. Nova Scotia Legal Aid lawyer, Peter Mancini, speaking on behalf of the accused, told Judge Alan Tufts that Baird, 45, has retained the counsel of Brian Callender and Lee Seshagiri.
Callender, who will be Bairdâ€™s lead counsel, is a lawyer from Ontario, but he is also able to practice law in Nova Scotia.
Mancini asked, on Callenderâ€™s behalf, that the judge put the matter over for a few weeks so Bairdâ€™s lawyers can collect disclosure and get caught up on the case.
Crown attorney Robert Morrison asked that the dates remain as is, which Tufts agreed to do.
Bairdâ€™s next court appearance will be May 26.