Life imprisonment for Savage, upcoming court appearances for Hart, Ferguson
Published Jan. 14, 2019
William Savage was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for 25 years on Dec. 3, after he was found guilty on Nov. 22 of one count of first-degree murder.
The trial for the Fenelon Falls man accused of killing Bowmanville resident David Palmer, whose remains were discovered in Haliburton in May 2016, began Sept. 23 in Lindsay.
Savage was 47 when he was charged with first degree murder on Oct. 26, 2016 in connection with the death of Palmer, who was 47 when he died.
Palmer was last seen on Oct. 2, 2015 on video surveillance stopping at a gas station on Hwy 35 outside of Pontypool and his Honda Accord was recovered on Oct. 14 near Spruce Lake Trail in Haliburton. At the time of the arrest, OPP confirmed that Savage and Palmer were known to each other.
Upcoming court dates
The following are updates on upcoming court proceedings as reported to The Echo.
Norman Hart of Dysart et al, has made numerous court appearances throughout the summer, according to Leigh-Ann Eyers of the Ontario/Superior Court of Justice in Lindsay. She said Hart was detained on June 18, 2019 and began the judicial pretrial process on Oct. 11 last year.
To date, he has had three judicial pretrials. He is expected to next appear in court on Feb. 7 for another judicial pretrial.
Hart was arrested and charged with second-degree murder on June 18 after Haliburton Highlands OPP were called to a house along Highland Street in Haliburton, where they found the deceased body of Robert James Brown, 49, of Haliburton.
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Highlands East resident Robert Ferguson had his first bail hearing on July 6, 2019 and was detained, according to Eyers. He then had a bail hearing in superior court in Newmarket on Aug. 30 and was released on a recognizance of bail with conditions. He started the judicial pretrial process on Nov. 26.
According to Eyers, he is scheduled to appear in court next on June 9 for a preliminary hearing.
Ferguson was arrested and charged with second-degree murder after the death of Dylan Dahlke of Dysart et al in the early morning hours of July 6, 2019.