Preliminary inquiry dates changed for accused in Rhonda Wilson murder

Kirk Starratt
Published on May 29, 2014

Preliminary inquiry dates for a former Kings County man charged with first-degree murder have been postponed.

Albert Rex Baird, 46, of Dartmouth, was arrested on May 30, 2013 and charged with the murder of Rhonda Joyce Louise Wilson in Sheffield Mills in August 2002. The arrest was made in relation to the missing person’s investigation into Wilson’s whereabouts. Wilson was Baird’s common-law wife at the time of her disappearance.

The court had scheduled preliminary inquiry dates for the weeks of Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 at the request of Crown Robert Morrison in March. However, the preliminary inquiry has been postponed and will now be held Jan. 12-16; Jan. 19-20; Jan. 22-23; and Jan. 26-30, 2015. Status reports have been scheduled for July 21 and Sept. 29 of this year.

Baird was not present in Kentville provincial court on May 27; however, his defence counsel was confirmed. Brian Callender, a lawyer from Ontario who is able to practice law in Nova Scotia, will be Baird’s lead counsel. Nova Scotia Legal Aid lawyer Lee Seshagiri will also be defending Baird. The accused has filed his designation of counsel, enabling his lawyers to appear on his behalf.