Col. Russell Williams is set appear in court Oct. 7 after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.
The 47-year-old Williams, a University of Toronto Scarborough graduate, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 38-year-old Cpl. Marie-France Comeau and 27-year-old Jessica Lloyd, along with two counts of forcible confinement, and two counts of sexual assault in Williams’ cottage town of Tweed, Ont.
Williams’ lawyer, Ottawa-based Michael Edelson, could not be reached for comment.
In February, The Toronto Observer reported Toronto police were digging deeper into Williams’ history in Scarborough.
Williams attended the same university in Scarborough during the same period as convicted killer and rapist Paul Bernardo, which led to speculation the two might have been connected.
“Everything’s on the table,” Det. Doug Sansom said in February. “There’s nothing that is specifically jumping out, but any reasonable cases will be looked at.”
A Toronto police source, wishing not to be named, said that likely “nothing new is up.”
Bernardo was arrested in 1993 on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of sex assault.
At that point, Williams was rising through the military ranks in Halifax. He embarked on his 23-year military career shortly after graduating from UTSC in 1986 with a degree in political science and economics.
Bernardo graduated the following year with a degree in commerce and economics.