TORONTO - The Canadian military commander charged with two murders and sexual assaults near the Trenton military base he oversaw has retained a top defence lawyer from Ottawa.
Michael Edelson will take on Col. Russell Williams' case, but will send an agent to a scheduled video appearance in a Belleville, Ont., court Thursday.
Williams, 46, is being held without bail in the Quinte Detention Centre in nearby Napanee.
Edelson has a number of other high-profile clients, including Nova Scotia Bishop Raymond Lahey, who is charged with possessing and importing child pornography.
As well, he represented Ottawa Mayor Larry O'Brien, who was found not guilty last August of influence-peddling.
Williams, the former commander of CFB Trenton, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Jessica Lloyd, 27, of Belleville and Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, 37.