**Updated** Court hears closing arguments at trial of medical student charged with murder

**Updated at 11:51 a.m. on Monday **

A lawyer for a Halifax university student charged with first-degree murder has told a jury that evidence presented at the trial runs contrary the Crown's theory that William Sandeson planned to kill Taylor Samson during a drug deal.

In his closing arguments in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Monday, defence lawyer Eugene Tan said Sandeson, who was slated to start medical school within a week of his arrest, is a bright young man who is ``not a criminal mastermind.''

Tan says the Crown will suggest Sandeson was in part motivated by money, but he noted the 24-year-old had a $200,000 line of credit to see him through medical school, a tax-free savings account with more than $6,000 and a chequing account with about $1,200.

Tan also said Sandeson was aware his neighbours were home when Samson arrived at his apartment the evening of Aug. 15, 2015, and asked the jury why someone who planned to carry out a murder would do so knowing there were people in the apartment next door.

Sandeson is charged in the death of the 22-year-old Dalhousie University student, whose body has never been found.